Updated: Man involved in stabbing identified, investigation ongoing

Update (11/24/22 at 4:20 p.m.): Police have identified the person whose photo previously appeared in this post. The investigation is ongoing. University Police continue to seek any information from witnesses and others.

Original post:

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – University Police are investigating an off-campus stabbing that resulted in one student receiving a non-life-threatening wound early Thursday morning.

Investigators are asking for the community’s help in identifying the person in an image that was captured by a nearby security camera. Police are hoping to speak with that person to learn more about the incident.

Initial investigation suggests that the stabbing was the result of an altercation that began around 2 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Green Street, Champaign. The student approached the man, and the two exchanged words before the student swung a fist at the man. The man dodged the punch and responded by striking the student once with a sharp object. The man then ran south from the intersection of Fourth and Green streets. The student was taken to a local hospital.

The incident prompted an Illini-Alert emergency notification to campus community members. Police searched for the man but determined he had already left the campus area.

Anyone with information is asked to call University Police at 217-333-1216. Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit tips to Champaign County Crime Stoppers by phone at 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or by downloading the P3 Tips mobile app.

Information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your crime tip, completes a tips information form and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers, and conversations are not recorded.