Second teen arrested for armed holdup of high school student
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have arrested a second teen in connection with the holdup of a Centennial High School student that occurred not far from the school Wednesday morning.
Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said Anthony M. Turner, 17, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Hollycrest Drive, Champaign, was arrested at Centennial High School Friday for his role in the armed robbery of a 16-year-old boy that occurred at the corner of Hollycrest Drive and William Street about 10 a.m. on Jan. 25.
The teen said two men approached him and one displayed a gun and ordered him to empty his pockets. That man was later identified as Walter C. Willis, 18, of the 2000 block of West John Street, Champaign, a student at the READY school, according to Griffet.
During the robbery, Willis allegedly pulled the trigger of the gun but it did not fire. He was located in a parked car on Crescent Drive not long after the holdup. He was charged Thursday with armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of weapons and is being held in the jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. He was told to be back in court with an attorney Feb. 9.
Griffet said police were led to the Turner after interviewing the victim a second time about what happened.
Turner appeared in bond court Saturday and was released from the county jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court Monday for formal charging.