Man arrested for attempted robbery

Man arrested for attempted robbery

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man who allegedly tried to swipe the instant lottery winnings of another Champaign man was arrested Saturday.

Champaign police Sgt. Tom Frost said about 10:20 a.m. Saturday, a 39-year-old man had been in the Circle K, 1301 S. Neil St., C, scratching off instant lottery tickets.

He won $100 and was leaving the building, counting the cash in his hand. Another man was outside watching him, Frost said.

As the winner walked north on Neil Street, he heard someone walking up behind him quickly. The man turned and the one trailing him swung at him and missed. The would-be robber swung at him a second time and missed again.

Frost said the man with the winnings and the assailant both took off running north on Neil. The victim ran in the CVS Pharmacy at the corner of  Green and Neil streets to call police. He was able to show officers which way the suspect went.

Officers located Kofi Washington, 32, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Vine Street, Champaign, within moments in the 0-100 block of East Healey Street.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of attempted robbery and resisting arrest and was expected to be formally charged Monday.

Frost said the man hung on to his cash.