Two charged in gas station robbery

Two charged in gas station robbery

URBANA– Bond has been set at $75,000 each for two Chicago men arrested in connection with the robbery of an Urbana gas station on Monday.

Emmanuel Poe, 20, and Alex Jackson, 20, both pleaded innocent on Tuesday to felony armed robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery.

Judge John Kennedy set their next court appearances for March 8.

According to an Urbana police report, officers received a report of an armed robbery at the Circle K, 809 W. Green St., U, at 4:04 a.m. Monday.

The clerk, a 21-year-old Urbana man, said a man wearing a camouflage coat and a black mask that covered the bottom half of his face entered the store at about 4 a.m. The clerk said he stepped out of the building and watched the man.

After walking throughout the store, the man came out of the store, displayed a pistol in his waistband and demanded the clerk go back inside the building.

The robber ordered the clerk to give him money from the cash register and safe and then left the store.

The clerk was not injured, according to the report.

Police investigators made a connection between a car that was seen in the area and an apartment in the 200 block of South Grove Street, U, and got a warrant to search it, eventually arresting Poe and Jackson.

The Champaign County METRO SWAT team executed the warrant, finding a camouflage coat, a black mask and loose cash consistent with what was taken from the Circle K, according to Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin.

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