URBANA — Quick action by Urbana patrol officers led to the arrests of four young men for the holdup of a man on a city street in southeast Urbana Wednesday night. Police are looking for a fifth.
Sgt. Dan Morgan said about 10:30 p.m., a 48-year-old man who lives in the apartment complex in the 1700 block of East Florida Avenue reported he was walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by a group of men.
One put a gun to his temple and ordered him to hand over cash. When the victim said he didn't have any, the robber reached in the man's pocket, pulled out $9, then ordered the man to walk away.
The man complied but then turned back to see where the group was headed. One of the group spied him and yelled "shoot him," Morgan said, then scattered, running in different directions. No shots were fired.
Within minutes of receiving the call of the holdup, Morgan said, Officer Jay Loschen had stopped three men matching the general description in the 1200 lock of East Florida Avenue. Two of them stayed with Loschen while a third ran.
As Loschen was talking to the two who remained, he saw a man "leap" from a car on Linden Drive, a short street just off Florida to the north, and run. The car had been reported stolen in a burglary in Peoria on Sept. 9.
Sgt. Kary Keleher located one of the other two men in the 1300 block of East Florida while Officer Matt Mecum found a fourth in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Arrested for armed robbery were David Dalton, 22, of the 200 block of East Hill Street, Champaign; Terry Moore, 24, of the 2000 block of South Philo Road, Urbana; Davon Rodgers, 20, of the 1000 block of South Lierman Avenue, Urbana; and a 15-year-old male from Champaign.
Morgan said the four gave statements to police "variously implicating each other" in the crime and said there was a fifth man who had the gun. He has not been located.
The state's attorney's office was reviewing reports this morning for appropriate charges.