URBANA — An Urbana man has been charged with armed robbery for a holdup in that city in July.
Eric D. Kirk, 25, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Grove Street, was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon for having a gun on him when police arrested him Thursday for the armed robbery that happened about five weeks ago.
Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher said Urbana police had developed Kirk as a suspect in the holdup of a man who was robbed at gunpoint by a group of men on July 27. The man was surrounded by several men in the 1000 block of South Smith Road and robbed of $20. Two of the men had guns, Fletcher said.
Police found Kirk at the Home Run Food Mart, 1509 E. Washington St., U, Thursday. In the store on a shelf where Kirk had been standing they found a loaded .22-caliber revolver. Because of a 2002 conviction for armed robbery, Kirk is not allowed to possess a weapon.
Judge Tom Difanis set Kirk's bond at $250,000 and ordered him to be back in court Sept. 27.
He also arraigned him on a petition to revoke the probation he is currently serving for a 2010 domestic battery conviction. The petition alleges he failed to report to a probation officer as required.
Also charged Friday with aggravated unlawful possession of firearm by a felon was Andrew Ashby, 20, who listed an address in the 2400 block of East Illinois Street, Urbana.
Fletcher said he was in the Home Run Food Mart with Kirk when police went to arrest Kirk. Officers found a .25-caliber gun on Ashby.
Because of a 2008 conviction for robbery, Ashby is not allowed to possess a weapon.
Difanis set Ashby's bond at $50,000 and ordered him to be back in court Nov. 1.