URBANA – A juvenile girl has admitted to pepper-spraying a U. of I. student Monday evening on the Quad.
The incident was the subject of a Campus Safety Notice earlier on Tuesday. In that notice, the University of Illinois Police Department released pictures of those involved in the incident with hope that community members would be able to help identify the offenders.
Not long after issuing the notice, police received information which helped identify the girl who deployed the pepper spray and the other girls with her. She admitted to her involvement while speaking with investigators.
In an email update to campus, Police Chief Jeff Christensen said police continue to investigate and appreciate the assistance of the campus community.
“Public safety is a community effort, and police rely on the active participation of everyone on campus to look out for each other,” Christensen said. “It is exactly this kind of cooperation which makes our community safer.”
Tuesday’s Campus Safety Notice was the third issued in less than a week’s time, but Christensen said that does not point to any kind of spike in crime.
“The recent notices we have issued are unrelated and are not indicative of any kind of trend or increase in crime,” he said. “However, it is always important that we take a minute to review resources which can keep you safe on campus and anywhere else you may go.”