A string of attacks have police urging citizens to be cautious

By Alyssa Donovan

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-- A string of aggravated batteries in Bloomington has law enforcement officers urging citizens to take extra precautions, particularly at night.

There have been 8 cases of aggravated battery reported over the past 3 months in Bloomington.

Police say there may be more that have not been reported.

The incidents happen between 10 pm and 2 am.

All of the victims have reported walking alone when they were attacked.

The suspects travel in groups of 3 or more and have been described as black males in their late teens and early twenties.

The suspects demand money and then beat the victim.

Most of the attacks have occurred on the South and West sides of Bloomington.

Bloomington Police officer David White says there are precautions you can take.

Public Affairs Officer David White said, "Don't be wearing your headset for your stereos your earplugs especially if you're walking you don't hear people coming up from behind or coming out of the bushes at you. Don't take short cuts through the alleyways if you can avoid going through dark areas do that. Stay in the well lit well traveled areas where there are lots of cars moving."

White says if you see a group of people that seem suspicious turn around and go the other way, go into a business or a place where there are other people.

White says if you do become a victim let the attacker have whatever they are asking for, those things can be replaced.

Anyone with information on the attacks is asked to contact the Bloomington Police Department at 434-2963.