Nine felonies filed against man in Champaign incident

Nine felonies filed against man in Champaign incident

URBANA — A Charleston man who had been released from police custody last week in Coles County was arrested Tuesday in Champaign after a violent domestic dispute that included an alleged attempt to run over a police officer.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she filed nine felony counts against Michael A. Glover, 45, on Wednesday, including home invasion, criminal damage to property, stalking, aggravated fleeing, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The series of events leading to the charges started Monday, Rietz said, when Glover showed up at the apartment of his former girlfriend in the 200 block of West Columbia Street, climbed on the roof, and began banging on her window. Police were called and he left.

Rietz said the woman had broken up with Glover last week while he was in custody in Coles County on three pending felony cases in which he's charged with burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle. Rietz said a Coles County judge allowed Glover to be released on his own recogniznce — over the objection of the state — on Nov. 15.

On Tuesday, about 4 p.m., the woman was at her apartment with her current boyfriend when Glover showed up, climbed on the roof and broke a window to her second-floor apartment.

"She tried to spray him with pepper spray and he reached inside and grabbed her by the hair, pulling her toward him while trying to pull her out the window," Rietz said. She sustained cuts to her face and hands from the window.

The man present grabbed a bat and began hitting Glover, causing Glover to let go of the woman. Glover then tried to pull the man out the broken window, causing his arms and hands to be cut, Rietz said.

Glover then ran to his car and on the way, grabbed a tire iron and broke out all the windows of the woman's car, Rietz said.

About that time, a Champaign police officer pointed his gun at the car that Glover and his cousin were in and ordered him to stop.

"Glover puts it in reverse forcefully and heads in the direction of the officer, who shoots in the direction of the vehicle. It speeds away at a high rate — witnesses say up to 80 mph — then runs two stop signs on Washington and crashes in the yard at 407 N. Prospect Avenue," Rietz said.

Glover and his cousin got out and ran but were found shortly after in an apartment complex in the 800 block of West Church Street. Rietz said a repair man had been working in an apartment there and left to get materials, leaving the door unlocked. When he returned, he found a man inside who asked him not to call police. The repair man left and did just that.

Police learned that the car Glover crashed had been reported stolen earlier in the day from a Charleston car dealership.

Rietz said police did not arrest Glover's cousin.

After reviewing the reports, Rietz charged Glover with two counts of home invasion for allegedly breaking in to the apartment while people were present; criminal damage to property for damaging the woman's car; three counts of stalking and one of aggravated stalking for allegedly following and threatening the woman on Monday and Tuesday; aggravated fleeing for allegedly fleeing from the police officer; and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The home invasion charges are the most serious, carrying a mandatory prison sentence of six to 30 years on conviction. If convicted, Glover would have to serve the sentence after the sentences for his Coles County cases, should he be convicted of those.

Meantime, Champaign police declined to identify the officer who fired at the vehicle Glover was in.

Lt. Jon Swenson of the department's professional standards office said there will be an internal review of the officer's actions, as is the case any time a duty weapon is fired.

Rietz said from the information she reviewed, it appeared that the officer was justified in his actions, believing he was about to be run over.

A judge set Glover's bond at $500,000, ordered him to have no contact with the victims and be back in court Jan. 29.

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SaintClarence27 wrote on January 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

It really does sound like the officer was justified. This guy obviously is a danger to the community.