Suspects held at jail on $5 million bond

Suspects held at jail on $5 million bond

TUSCOLA – Two men arrested in connection with the shooting of a Douglas County sheriff's deputy are being held on $5 million bond at the Douglas County Jail at Tuscola.

Yusef Kareem Brown, 23, who listed an address in Chicago, and William B. Thompson, 26, who listed the same address, made their first appearance in court Friday afternoon before Circuit Judge Michael Carroll.

"This is as serious as it gets," Douglas County State's Attorney Kevin Nolan said.

Nolan said Thompson, who was arrested after a hostage situation at the First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust at Arcola, would be charged with attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and attempted bank robbery.

Brown was the driver of the vehicle that fled from police after Chief Deputy Tommy Martin was shot when he approached the men on a rural Douglas County Road on Thursday. Nolan said he would be charged with the same offenses, with the exception of attempted bank robbery.

Martin, who was shot in the face and torso, was listed Friday evening in critical condition at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after two surgeries. Sheriff Charlie McGrew said the deputy had shown some improvement during the day.

Carroll said there was probable cause to hold both men in connection with the shooting and the subsequent hostage incident. He set a $5 million bond for each of them.

Nolan said if convicted, both men could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison.

"There are aggravated factors due to the use of firearms," he said.

Both men walked into the courtroom at the Douglas County Jail wearing jumpsuits with their wrists bound in chains. Thompson stared straight ahead as Carroll set his bond. Brown fidgeted and looked at the ground during his bond hearing.

Nolan said Thompson had five previous felonies for possession and use of controlled substances. He said Brown was on parole with six previous felony convictions for possession and manufacture of controlled substances.

Nolan said both men will be arraigned at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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