Champaign man charged with attempted robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man is due back in court March 5 after he pleaded innocent in connection with the theft of lottery winnings from another man over the weekend.

Kofi Washington, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Vine Street, Champaign, pleaded innocent Monday to attempted robbery.

According to a Champaign police report, a 39-year-old man was in the Circle K convenience store, 1301 S. Neil St., C, scratching off instant lottery tickets. He won $100 and was leaving the building at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, counting the cash. Another man was outside watching him.

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

Police said both men took off running north on Neil. The first man ran in the CVS Pharmacy at Green and Neil streets to call police. He showed officers the way the suspect went.

Officers located Washington within moments in the 0-100 block of East Healey Street and arrested him.

Washington was being held at the Champaign County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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