Champaign man pleads innocent to restaurant holdup

URBANA — Bond has been set at $200,000 for a Champaign man arrested in connection with a holdup at a Champaign restaurant Friday night.

Larry D. Pettigrew, 23, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of East Beardsley Avenue, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony armed robbery.

Judge Richard Klaus set Pettigrew's next court appearance for March 5.

Champaign police Sgt. Tom Frost said officers were called to an armed robbery in progress at the Hardee's restaurant, 1806 W. Bradley Ave., at 9:40 p.m. Friday.

Officer Rich Carroll was in the area and saw two men running east from the business. The men spotted him but kept running.

Driving his squad car, Carroll chased the men into the parking lot of the Village Pantry convenience store at 1201 N. Mattis Ave., just east of Hardee's.

Frost said that as Carroll was pulling in, three college-age men who were about to go into the convenience store grabbed Pettigrew and forced him to the ground.

The other person being chased kept running and remained at large Monday evening, according to Champaign police.

Frost said as soon as Carroll got on top of Pettigrew, the college-age men went into the store, leaving him struggling with Pettigrew.

Frost said Carroll recovered the handgun from Pettigrew's waistband and also cash believed to have been taken in the robbery. No shots were fired.

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