More charges filed against teen

More charges filed against teen

URBANA — An Urbana teen already charged with a June residential burglary has also been charged with a home invasion and armed robbery that occurred last fall.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said on Monday, she asked Judge Harry Clem to allow her to prosecute Lamar Phillips, 16, whose last known address was in the 2400 block of Prairie Green, as an adult for all those offenses. Clem allowed the request.

On Tuesday, Phillips was arraigned on home invasion and armed robbery charges alleging that on Nov. 2, he, along with three others, forced their way into a home in the 2000 block of Weaver Street and robbed the resident there of several items.

Urbana police investigator Dave Roesch said the state crime lab recently determined that DNA found at the home matched Phillips, leading to the new charges. No other arrests have been made.

Roesch said two of the men took turns holding a gun on the victim during the robbery.

Phillips was also arraigned as an adult for a residential burglary that he allegedly participated in over the weekend of June 22-24 at a home in the 1200 block of South Vine Street in Urbana.

In that case, Phillips and two other Urbana youths, aged 17, were charged with breaking into the home and stealing collector coins. Phillips had previously been charged as a juvenile in July.

Rietz said that at the time of both cases, Phillips was on probation for another forcible felony that occurred in March 2011.

In that case, he was adjudicated a delinquent minor for possession of a stolen vehicle after he, his brother, Casanova Williams, 17, who was also convicted as a juvenile, and his cousin, Kenneth Gullens, 18, of Zion, convicted as an adult, stole a car from a home in the 2000 block of Weaver Street in Urbana.

Rietz said they fled from police who tried to stop them on Interstate 57 in Kankakee in the Urbana residents' car and again from police who tried to stop the stolen car at a toll plaza on I-80. Phillips and another of the youths bailed out of the car before it crashed into the toll booth gate but they were caught. In the car was an unloaded revolver stolen from a home in Zion, Rietz said.

Williams is also charged with Phillips in the June 22 South Vine Street residential burglary.

"It's a discretionary transfer (to adult court)," Rietz said. "Under the juvenile court statute, we can request that certain subsequent offenses be handled as adult charges when a juvenile is already serving a sentence for a forcible felony."

In court Tuesday, Judge Chase Leonhard set Phillips' bond at $200,000 in both cases and told him to be back in court Sept. 25.

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