Danville man charged with Champaign break-in

Danville man charged with Champaign break-in

URBANA — A 20-year-old Danville man is due back in court in February after being charged with residential burglary.

Curtis D. Harper, 20, was arraigned Monday on a charge filed in early October accusing him of a Sept. 5 break-in to an apartment in the 300 block of East Green Street in Champaign.

A Champaign police report said about 9:10 p.m. that day, a 21-year-old woman was showering when she saw a shadow on the wall and thought it was her roommate. When she pulled back the shower curtain, she saw it was a young man wearing an Angry Birds ball cap. She screamed and he left but seconds later opened the bathroom door again. She screamed a second time and he ran from her apartment. She was missing cash from her purse.

Harper was developed as a suspect after a Sept. 9 incident in which a man wearing an Angry Birds ball cap knocked on a woman's door in the 400 block of East Springfield Avenue in Champaign asking to use her cell phone. She recognized him from a UI public safety advisory and called police. They spoke to Harper at the time, and he admitted he entered the woman's apartment.

At the time, he was wanted on a warrant from the Department of Juvenile Justice for an alleged parole violation unrelated to the burglary and returned to juvenile prison. The state's attorney's office said Harper was adjudicated a delinquent minor in 2008 for burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle from Vermilion County.

On Friday, he was returned to the Champaign County jail to answer to the residential burglary charge. He remains there in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Harper faces between four and 15 years in prison if convicted.


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