Man arrested before court hearing that brought him to town
URBANA — A Kankakee man who said he came to Urbana Monday to make a court appearance was arrested for robbing a woman.
Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said Joseph L. Hairston, 20, was arrested about 3:10 a.m. Monday for allegedly mugging a woman as she walked in the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue minutes earlier.
Morgan said the 26-year-old woman was headed home when she heard someone approaching quickly from behind her.
"She was grabbed from behind and knocked to the ground by someone who put an arm around her neck, a hand over her mouth and dragged her behind a building," Morgan said.
The man demanded cash from the woman and she handed over $11, which included a $2 bill.
She was able to give police a description and just moments later police located Hairston on a bicycle in the 600 block of West Springfield Avenue.
"The victim identified him and he had $11 on him, including a $2 bill," said Morgan.
Hairston told police he had arrived in town earlier to make a 9 a.m. court hearing on his pending theft case. He also told police he stole the bicycle he was riding from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 119 E. University Ave., C.
Hairston missed his 9 a.m. Monday court hearing but was arraigned later in the day on the robbery charge.
Because of prior convictions for burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle, Hairston faces an extended prison term of three to 14 years if convicted of the robbery. He could also have to serve any sentence after the one he might get if convicted of the theft.
Judge Richard Klaus set bond at $100,000 and ordered him to be back in court June 12.