Teens arraigned in Roberts bank incident
PAXTON — Two Piper City teenagers who allegedly entered a bank in Roberts while wearing disguises and pointing BB-guns at people on Halloween morning were arraigned Friday in Ford County Circuit Court on a felony charge of attempted aggravated robbery.
Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton on Thursday charged Ryan A. Redmon, 19, and Damon J. Lee, 18, in connection with Wednesday's crime at the Vermilion Valley Bank, 136 E. Green St., Roberts.
Each was charged with one count of attempted aggravated robbery, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.
At Fitton's request, Judge Steve Pacey on Friday morning set bond at $100,000 for Redmon and $75,000 for Lee. Both remained at the Ford County Jail on Friday.
Pacey appointed public defender David Rumley of Urbana to represent Redmon. Rumley is also representing Redmon in a pending residential burglary case in Ford County.
Harvey Welch of Urbana was appointed to represent Lee.
Pacey set a preliminary hearing for 11:15 a.m. Nov. 19.
Sheriff Mark Doran said Friday that the guns were CO2-charged BB-pistols, which appeared to be black semi-automatic handguns.
Redmon and Lee never demanded or took any money while in the bank, Doran confirmed, and no injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, the document charging the two teens alleges that they "performed a substantial step toward the commission" of a robbery through their actions.
Doran said an employee of the bank in downtown Roberts reported that two men wearing masks entered the bank shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday while pointing handguns at people and yelling.
The men ordered the people in the bank to come to the center of the bank's lobby and lie on the floor, but no one complied with the order, as most were caught by surprise and did not have time to react, Doran said.
Doran said the men were in the bank for "less than 40 seconds" before they left abruptly.
As police were on the way, a vehicle matching a description provided by witnesses was located about a mile south of Piper City and the two were arrested.