Bond at $125,000 in campus coffee shop robbery

Bond at $125,000 in campus coffee shop robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of robbing a man of his iPad outside a campus coffee shop last month is being held on $125,000 bond.

Dennis H. Boston IV, 19, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Daniel Street, was arraigned Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court for armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

The charges allege that he took part in robbing a 48-year-old Champaign man of his iPad outside the Espresso Royale, 602 E. Daniel St., C, on Oct. 10.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said police had videotape from security cameras that showed two men approaching the victim as he sat at a table and one grabbing his iPad. When the victim ran after the robbers, one of them showed him a gun, Clifton said.

Clifton said the video showed the robber going into an apartment at 510 E. Daniel St., the same building that Boston listed as his address.

Police also recovered the iPad from a man who said he bought it from Boston.

Champaign police obtained a warrant for Boston's arrest Oct. 27.

If convicted of the more serious charge, Boston faces a mandatory prison term of between 21 and 45 years.

Assistant Public Defender David Appleman said Boston is a Parkland College student who lives with roommates. He asked Judge Richard Klaus to reduce Boston's bond but Klaus would not.

Boston asked for a continuance to hire his own attorney and Klaus told him to be back in court Nov. 17.

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Fedupwithstatereps wrote on November 03, 2011 at 4:11 pm

These two were so brazen I hope they go away for a long time. However, knowing our state's attorney, they'll get something light.

PhineShooter wrote on November 03, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Wait, so these morons robbed a guy at gunpoint, on video, and less than a full block away from their apartment? Add felony stupidity to the list of charges. And what about the second robber?

Good work, coppers, but why does it take 2 1/2 weeks to get a felony warrant for an armed robber when the whole thing is on video? Now let's get the SOB that played Grand Theft Auto on those 2 college students.

natebaux wrote on November 04, 2011 at 9:11 am

so was he the runner, or the gunman?

and if so, where is the other accomplice?

Mary Schenk wrote on November 04, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Upon further inquiry, police tell me Boston was identified as the man who took the iPad and ran. The other man, who is still unidentified, was the one who displayed the weapon to the victim. Although the video was immediately available, it took the police time to identify Boston. They welcome help from anyone who might know who he is. Crimestoppers number is 373-8477.

tay82 wrote on November 04, 2011 at 10:11 am

Dumb people shouldn't steal smart devices..Most people who buy ipads purchase a tracking device that runs in the background.

mankind wrote on November 04, 2011 at 11:11 am

Unanswered questions in this article, as another poster mentioned above. Also, the victim didn't exactly run after the guy after he stole his iPad. He stood up, sure, but then sat down right away they flashed the gun at him. I think it's significant not only for accuracy's sake but also to show that this guy in no way posed a threat to the robbers. I hope they consider that at sentencing and hammer them with some real prison time.

Danico wrote on November 06, 2011 at 12:11 pm

This robbery was incredibly stupid....but 21-45 years?? For an Ipad?? Some people get that for murder...

ZeeBop wrote on November 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

He was one motion away from attempting murder.......

ZeeBop wrote on November 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

"Dennis H. Boston IV" ? The 4th???? I'm sure the 1st, 2nd and 3rd are real proud of him now? Wait, I hope not.......

A "Parkland College student"??? Seriously, a student????? What is "Boston the 4th" and his accomplice studying, Criminal Arts? Where did these guys really come from? Probably relocated with his family from the Chicago housing projects, courtesy of Mayor Daley housing vouchers.

Check out the video: 

Boston and his partner-in-crime are doing this in BROAD DAYLIGHT!!!!! Either very cocky or very stupid.

Yes, Boston and his brazen, gun brandishing, in-the-hood swager, "friend", should go to the big house for a long time. Boston's friend was one motion away from pulling the gun, another moment from pulling the trigger and escalating this situation to attempted murder or murder.