Man arrested for burglary, other charges

Man arrested for burglary, other charges

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly broke in one neighbor's home and tried to set fire to another last week has been arrested.

William L. Clark, 51, who listed an address in the 2000 block of Zuppke Circle, was arrested at 11:15 a.m. Monday in Urbana, following his release from Carle Foundation Hospital where he had been involuntarily committed Oct. 17 under the mental health code as a danger to himself and others.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said a resident of the 500 block of Mumford Drive called police around noon Oct. 17 when Clark, whom she recognized, tried to break out her patio door and used a cigarette lighter to set papers afire outside her door.

Officers found him in the back yard acting irrationally, Morgan said.

They also discovered that another house in the 500 block of Mumford Drive had been broken in while the family was away. Police found windows shattered, numerous items destroyed and bloody footprints throughout the home. The man had apparently kicked in a sliding glass door to enter, breaking it and injuring himself.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler obtained a warrant on Friday for Clark's arrest, charging him with residential burglary, criminal damage to property and attempted residential arson. The most serious of the charges is the residential burglary which carries penalties ranging from four to 15 years in prison upon conviction.

Judge Richard Klaus set bond for Clark at $100,000.

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skeete44 wrote on October 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

THIS MAN IS SERIOUSLY ILL. IS PRISON GOING TO HELP THIS MAN? WHERE I AM FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN CLOSE ALL OF IT'S STATE SUPPORTED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS AND EITHER SENT THEM TO PRISON OR LET THEM GO. THEY FINALLY WOUND UP IN PRISON AND I THINK THAT IT'S SAD. WHERE CAN THEY GET HELP?

jfrpt wrote on February 05, 2012 at 8:02 pm

agreed; I am also in Michigan and it is insane to incarerate people with mental illness. the illness is made worse and no problems are solved.

jfrpt wrote on February 05, 2012 at 8:02 pm

The prison system is no place for a person with a mental illness. It wil only worsen the illness and not treat - at all - the underlying problem that caused this matter.

Why can't those who are charging Mr. Clark act HUMANELY and DROP their charges!!  Advocate for a fair and JUST system that gets appropriate treatment to stop these episodes.