Robbery, burglary, weapons charges filed in Urbana standoff
URBANA — Four men, arrested after trying to rob a man and woman at an Urbana apartment complex Monday, remain jailed on $500,000 bond each, while the girlfriend of one of them was arrested when she showed up Tuesday to see her boyfriend arraigned. A teen-age boy also charged was ordered held in detention.
The five charged Tuesday with attempted armed robbery, residential burglary and aggravated unlawful use of weapons have been identified as:
— Terrell Larue, 19, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Hunter Street, Urbana.
— Sherrick X. Cooper, 23, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Lierman Avenue, Urbana.
— Herbert C. Shah, 19, who listed an address in the 700 block of East Illinois Street, Urbana.
— Eric D. Kirk, 25, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Grove Street, Urbana.
— Male juvenile, 16, of Urbana.
Judge Richard Klaus ordered the adults to be back in court for a probable cause hearing on Jan. 3 while Judge Heidi Ladd ordered the teen held in the Juvenile Detention Center until a Dec. 20 hearing.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she also filed charges against Larue's girlfriend, Jamie Calhoun, 26, who lived in the apartment at 904 N. Broadway Ave. where the men had holed up Monday morning while Urbana police tried to talk them into coming out, which they did without injury to anyone.
Rietz said the incident started about 3:15 a.m. when a woman in an apartment next door to Calhoun's called police to say that men armed with guns and knives had forced their way into her apartment looking for her boyfriend. That woman specifically named Larue as one of the intruders, Rietz said, and reported that they were hiding somewhere in the apartment complex.
Because police were there on an unrelated call, they quickly responded and found the woman's apartment door broken. Given the information that the men were armed, the officers backed off and notified the Champaign County METRO team, a multi-agency SWAT team, which then surrounded the complex for several hours.
Using a robot to search the woman's apartment, they found it empty but then figured out that it was the apartment next to Calhoun's, who is also charged with harboring a fugitive and obstructing justice for hiding Larue in her apartment in August. At the time, Larue was wanted for the murder of Kevin Jackson, 24, of Danville, who was fatally shot in February at an apartment on Philo Road in Urbana in what police described as a drug deal that went bad.
That murder charge was dismissed last week by Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton, who said the witnesses could not be served with their subpoenas to come to court. They were apparently avoiding service so as not to have to testify, Rietz said.
Rietz said after the standoff with the men ended, police did a protective sweep of the apartment building and found a gun in the furnace room. They then got a search warrant and found a second gun in the furnace room, heroin in Calhoun's apartment, and a television and Xbox in Calhoun's apartment that her next-door neighbor said had been stolen from her apartment.
Rietz said based on statements some of the men gave police, their initial plan was to go to the apartment next to Calhoun's and rob the man there because they knew he had substantial amounts of cash their from previous drug transactions.
When they got there, Rietz said, the man was there but jumped out a window. The woman who called police also had gotten out.
Rietz said there was also a shelter care hearing Tuesday regarding the 10-day-old child of Larue and Calhoun. The infant boy was taken into protective custody by authorities Monday.