Judge sets bond at $75,000 in home invasion case

Judge sets bond at $75,000 in home invasion case

URBANA — A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail following his arrest in connection with two crimes last year in Urbana.

Darkel D. Martin, 24, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Sixth Street in Champaign, was charged on Wednesday with aggravated battery, domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction and battery for an incident on Aug. 26, 2011, and with home invasion for an incident on Oct. 28, 2011.

In the first incident, police were called to a home in the 900 block of North Gregory Street, Urbana, where police said the 21-year-old pregnant mother of Martin's children lives.

Police had been at the home earlier in the day when Martin got into an argument. Police said relatives on both sides of the family tried to get Martin to leave, but they were not successful.

After the police officers left the home, Martin punched the pregnant woman's mother in the face, according to a police report. The woman became upset with Martin, and she began to yell at him. Then Martin proceeded to punch the pregnant woman in the face and stomach.

Police were called back to the scene, but Martin had run away before the officers arrived.

In the second incident, Martin returned to the Urbana home even though he had previously been banned from the location.

When the woman wouldn't let Martin in the home through her window, he entered through a back door. The woman tried to call 911, but Martin took her phone from her, police said.

When the woman locked herself in the bathroom, Martin broke the bathroom door frame, took a pan of cold grease from the stove and threw it on the woman's face, according to the report.

Warrants had been issued for Martin's arrest for the two incidents. When Champaign police found Martin in the 1200 block of North Sixth Street at 9:49 p.m. Tuesday, they arrested him on the warrants.

Martin's bond was set at $75,000.

Judge Richard Klaus set Martin's next court appearance for April 24.

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