Teen accused of using stun gun to rob prostitute
URBANA — A Rantoul teen was arrested Monday for armed robbery and other charges after he allegedly used a stun gun on a prostitute.
Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Nathaniel L. Gano, 19, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of the Fountain Valley mobile home park, was the person who called police about noon Monday asserting that the 31-year-old prostitute he was patronizing had tried to rob him.
Seraphin said after officers investigated, they thought otherwise.
Seraphin said the woman reported that Gano came to her apartment in the 500 block of South Busey Avenue about 11 a.m. He put cash on the table and they engaged in sexual activity. When they were finished, he told her he believed she had a new email on her computer.
When her back was to him, Gano allegedly produced a stun gun and made contact with her back. He then tried to grab her money and his clothing and leave the apartment, but the woman put up a struggle. He was able to get some of the cash, Seraphin said.
Once outside the apartment, Gano called the police and reported she tried to rob him.
"When the officers gathered statements from him and her, and looked at the physical evidence and her injuries, they believed he was the instigator," Seraphin said.
Gano was arrested on preliminary charges of armed robbery, soliciting a prostitute and unlawful use of a weapon.
He was taken to the county jail, where he was expected to be formally charged Tuesday.
Serpahin said the woman had a mark on her back but did not require medical attention. She was not arrested.