Urbana man accused of robbing Jimmy John’s employee

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly robbed a sandwich delivery man of food has been arrested for robbery.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said investigators arrested Benjamin Lee Velez-Johnson, 24, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Elm Street, for the Oct. 12 robbery of a Jimmy’s John’s delivery man.

Seraphin said the 21-year-old Jimmy John’s driver was delivering 12 sandwiches to an address in the 500 block of East Green Street in Urbana about 3:15 a.m. on that Friday. He was met in a courtyard by one man who told him that his friends were still getting the money together for the order.

Two other men appeared shortly after and one of the three then punched the driver in the face with a closed fist.

Seraphin said the driver backed away, still holding on to the box of sandwiches. Having been robbed before, he was armed with pepper spray, which he got out and used, taking at least one of the men out of the fight.

Seraphin said the other two men then ganged up on the victim. They grabbed eight of the sandwiches and took off running. The driver retrieved the other four sandwiches, returned to his car and called police.

Seraphin said it wasn’t until Wednesday of this week that police were led to Velez-Johnson by a man who came to the police department and reported that he had been hit by Velez-Johnson and had information that Velez-Johnson had been involved in the robbery of the Jimmy John’s delivery man.

Using that man’s information, police put together a photo lineup for the delivery man, who identified Velez-Johnson as one of the men who attacked him. Velez-Johnson was arrested Thursday afternoon.

He was charged Friday with robbery and told to be back in court Dec. 11.

The other two robbers have not been identified, Seraphin said.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on October 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Did Jimmy take the cost of the sandwichs out of the employee's pay?

Fromthearea wrote on October 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Are you kidding me?  It's sandwiches...  give them to the guys, report them and hope for the best.  Jimmy johns isn't worth your life.  Really.