Teen arrested for armed robbery near Centennial
CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign teen was charged Thursday for allegedly robbing a Centennial High School student at gunpoint near the school.
Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said Walter C. Willis, 18, who listed an address in the 2000 block of West John Street, was arrested in a parked vehicle on Crescent Drive not long after the 10 a.m. holdup.
Dunn said an assistant principal at Centennial reported to the school resource officer that a 16-year-old student said he'd been approached by a man while he was standing at the corner of Hollycrest Drive and William Street about 10 a.m.
The man, whom he didn't know, displayed a gun and ordered the teen to empty his pockets. During the encounter, the robber pulled the trigger while pointing the gun at the victim but the gun did not fire. The victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber left, headed north.
Based on a description given by the victim, police found Willis sitting in a parked vehicle in the 500 block of Crescent Drive. They also found a gun in the vehicle.
Willis was charged Thursday with armed robbery, aggravated unlawful use of weapons and obstructing justice. Dunn said he gave officers a false name and date of birth.
Court records show Willis is currently serving a sentence of probation for an aggravated battery that occurred last May.