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.