On Feb. 28 at 3 a.m., a male victim was in a parking lot near the corner of Third and Gregory when he was attacked. Both his cell phone and money from his wallet were stolen.
About two days after the attack, a photo popped up on the victim’s Facebook wall. It was a photo of a man, believed to be one of the men who attacked him. The victim’s cell phone was programmed to transfer any new photos to his Facebook page whenever it was plugged into a computer.
Last week, Champaign police released the photo, asking the public for help in identifying the man.
Victims of a mugging rarely see their stolen items again, but in this case, technology has given police some unexpected help.
The photo does not appear to be the type taken by the person in the photo. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the person in the photo on a charge of robbery.