Four men, teen arrested in standoff in Urbana

Four men, teen arrested in standoff in Urbana

UPDATED 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12

URBANA — Four men and a teenager were arrested at an Urbana apartment complex on Monday following a standoff that lasted for nearly seven hours.

Urbana police said Sherrick X. Cooper, 23; Terrell T. Larue, 19; Herbert C. Shah, 19, Eric D. Kirk, 25, and an 16-year-old not identified by police, all of Urbana, were arrested for home invasion at an apartment complex at 904 N. Broadway Ave., U.

First degree murder charges against Larue were dismissed earlier this month for the Valentine’s Day murder of Kevin A. Jackson, 24, of Danville.

No injuries were reported.

The men had knives and guns with them, according to Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin.

Negotiators with the Champaign County Metro SWAT team talked with the men, who were barricaded inside an apartment complex on Urbana’s north side. They surrendered to police at about 10 a.m.

Seraphin said earlier Monday that the men forced their way into an apartment at about 3:15 a.m. Monday at the Country Club Apartment Complex, but the woman who was inside was able to escape.

Some apartments in the complex were evacuated.

Seraphin said authorities didn’t yet know a motive for the men’s actions, but said it appears the apartment was targeted by the armed intruders.
Police from numerous police agencies were at the scene, including the Champaign Police Department’s SWAT Team.

The area’s bomb squad also responded with the team’s robot. The robot — equipped with a camera — was sent inside the building to help police see what’s going on.

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Joe American wrote on December 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

So let me get this straight.  Four armed thugs break into a residence at 3:15 a.m., the sole occupant ("......but the woman who was inside was able to escape".) escapes at some point, and then seven hours later the thugs are still there?

They ought to throw additional charges at them for Public Stupidity.

AerieDweller wrote on December 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

ummm... not to argue that these guys weren't stupid for a variety of reasons, but the reason they were there seven hours later is because the cops showed up within a few minutes of the girl escaping from the apartment...  the four holed up in the apartment and the cops eventually got them to come out without having to go storming in and risking lives.

Joe American wrote on December 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Totally hypothetical, but if I'm the thug and the person that I'm there to do damage to takes off, I'm not sticking around either.  Sounds like they lost their hostage and they stuck around for wine and cheese.  #gottabeanidiottostickaround

asparagus wrote on December 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

Unless they were there for something other than the woman ... like drugs or weapons ...

selguy wrote on December 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

One has to be a BOZO to live in such a dangerous place as Urbana

wiiguy wrote on December 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Selguy,


You are telling me that it is safer to live in Champaign where historically they have had more crimes and shootings.  I am sure that this isnt the first incident of the kind for the city of Urbana, but I would argue the fact that Urbana would be classified as a dangerous town.

Human12 wrote on December 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Did you even attempt to think before you posted that? I'm sure that if there were "options" on the table for this lady this probably wouldn't have been the first choice. Not everyone has options when it comes to having a place to live and you must be  BOZO to think otherwise. Urbana has not become this terrible place that SO many people want to believe it is, criminals are everywhere and as bad as no one wants to accept it, they even exist here in C-U and no one city is safer than the other!

Human12 wrote on December 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Did you even attempt to think before you posted that? I'm sure that if there were "options" on the table for this lady this probably wouldn't have been the first choice. Not everyone has options when it comes to having a place to live and you must be  BOZO to think otherwise. Urbana has not become this terrible place that SO many people want to believe it is, criminals are everywhere and as bad as no one wants to accept it, they even exist here in C-U and no one city is safer than the other!

Chief Illini wrote on December 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Nice job NG, remove comments that don't fit your liberal agenda, and whatever you do don't stand up for or ask questions regarding police departments, unless of couse your comment is against

Joe American wrote on December 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

That's too bad.  These outstanding young scholars probably totally blew their chances to make the National Honor Society.  All for a minor, insignificant little home invasion, hostage taking, illegal weapons charge, ........

hmmm wrote on December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I am so glad to see that Terrell T. Larue is making the most of his second chance in life.   For those that don't remember this is the "future astronaut" that had murder charges dropped against him just last Monday (12-05-11).  Hopefully these new set of charges will stick and send him and his pals away for a long time.  

Not funny, but it is kinda playing out like O. J. Simpson.  Get off on murder and still find yourself in the federal pen for another crime.  Karma much? 

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/courts-police-and-fire/2011-12-05/murder-charges-dropped-against-urbana-teen-witnesses-could-no

heart_rn_bsn wrote on December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Hmmmm,

I was thinking the exact same thing. To be honest I thought it would take him at least a month before he did something to be arrested for again, but it wasn't even 1 week.  Hopefully these charges stick, since he and his cohorts can't intimidate anyone now.

grateful wrote on December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Since when does the News Gazette have a liberal agenda? You must be referring to a different paper.

SilentGeorge wrote on December 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Nice job UPD.  Send in the robot to see what is going on.  CPD could take some money out of the Pepper Spray Fund and buy one, too.  Or just let a robot patrol Green St and do remote control I.D. checks in the campus bars.  Imagine the overtime that would save.  Or we could have the county enact a quarter cent sales tax that could pay for a robot for all of the departments in the county.  Hey!  Is that tax still on the books?

hd2006 wrote on December 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Nice job silentGeorge. Know what you are talking about before you make comments. The robot is a multi-department item. It is owned by the bomb unit which includes CPD, UPD, CCSO and U of I. However you are no different than many on here that make comments about things they know nothing about.

SilentGeorge wrote on December 13, 2011 at 5:12 am

Thanks for the education.  Isn't it amazing what governmental units will spend money on when given free reign?  Is the quarter cent county police tax still on the books?  I figured one of the many know-it-alls on this site would have the answer.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on December 13, 2011 at 6:12 am
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I totally agree Silent George!  I am so outraged that I might have to pay a few extra cents in taxes for a SWAT team robot that can help in preventing a shootout situation that would place several lives in danger!  [/sarcasm]

jmh910 wrote on December 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

You know the charges against Terrell LaRue were dropped because Julia Rietz's office couldn't locate the witnesses (two women). Think it's a coincidence that a week after the charges were dropped, he and four other guys break into a woman's apartment at 3:30 am armed with guns and knives?


 He could still be charged if the witnesses were found.  They just couldn't hold him in jail without them.


 

ClearVision wrote on December 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

Good call. I suspect you have found a motive for this crime, Maybe the next time witnesses fail to come forward they'll come around to the conclusion that the only way to stop criminals is to remove them from society. Testify! Serve on juries!

asparagus wrote on December 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Maybe when Terrell gets out in a few months he can get a reality show:  "T. Larue: Witness Hunter".

logicalpositivist wrote on December 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

"...gets out in a few months..."


Balderdash. Don't be silly. You know they don't throw the book like that at these types of crimes in Champaign County! There are apartment complexes that need to stay in business somehow. 

SilentGeorge wrote on December 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Well, Alabaster.  I little research shows that those pennies you don't need add up to $50K for a law enforcement robot.  I'm sure maintenance is extra.  In this town it would get more use in the 4th of July parade.  I'm sure that $50K would assist many more citizen of the county if it went to the Central Illinois Foodbank.


If you give government a tax it 1) it never goes away, and 2) they will find ways to spend the money on things whether the money could be better used elsewhere or not.  The CU MTD is a shining example of that.  It collects millions of dollars to send empty "green" diesel burners around town so that students can have cheap transportation.