Police arrest Urbana teen for armed robbery

URBANA— Police have arrested a teenager in connection with Tuesday's armed robbery at an Urbana business.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said police arrested a 15-year-old Urbana boy on Wednesday morning at a Champaign motel. Police are not releasing his name because he is a juvenile.

According to an Urbana police report, officers were called to Check 'n Go, 1815 Philo Road, in response to a holdup alarm going off at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said the youth entered the store and moved to the counter after the clerk finished helping a customer. The robber then displayed a handgun and demanded money.

After the clerk opened the register drawer, the robber reached across and grabbed money.

The robber ran out of the store and around the north end of the building. He then headed west toward an apartment complex in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.

Seraphin said police learned on Wednesday that the teenager was hiding out at a motel in Champaign.

After Champaign and Urbana police arrived at the Economy Hotel, 914 W. Bloomington Road, C, at 10:07 a.m., they saw the teen walking on the hotel property, arrested him and took him to the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police also arrested a second man who was with the teen, Mannix Martin, 21, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Silver Street, Urbana, on a parole revocation warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections and took him to the county jail.

Seraphin said there is no apparent connection between Martin and the armed robbery.

Anybody with information about the armed robbery is asked to call the Urbana Police Department at 384-2320 or remain anonymous by calling Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.

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