Updated: Two face home invasion, other charges

Updated: Two face home invasion, other charges

Updated 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

CHAMPAIGN — Two men were arrested Wednesday night in Champaign for allegedly forcing their way into a home and stealing money from the men living there.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said officers were called to the 400 block of West Vine Street at 6:46 p.m. for a home invasion in progress.

Griffet said the 37-year-old caller told police he was in a back bedroom of a home while his 20-year-old nephew was in another room being robbed by two men.

Griffet said the residents told police they heard a noise and that the 20-year-old, who is in a wheelchair, went to investigate. He was confronted by a man who pointed a handgun at him, demanded money and ordered him to lie on the floor, which he did.

Griffet said that man's uncle was in the back bedroom calling 911. He emerged from the bedroom in time to see the two intruders running out the door. The uncle then used the door to hit one of the two intruders in the back of the head as he was running.

The uncle then began fighting with the man, later identified as Michael S. Miles, 22, of the 1500 block of Romine Street, Urbana.

Police were in the area and intervened. Near Miles, they found a .22-caliber handgun, Griffet said.

Police located the other alleged intruder, Derrial D. Webster, 22, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Carver Drive, Champaign, not far from the home.

Griffet said just before Webster was arrested, he allegedly pitched a .40-caliber handgun. Retracing his path of flight, officers also found a bag containing about 7 grams of cannabis. On him, they found about $520 believed to have been stolen from the resident in the wheelchair.

Griffet said Miles was not seriously hurt in the struggle with the resident.

The state's attorney's office filed charges of home invasion, armed robbery and residential burglary against both men. Additionally, Webster was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons and being an armed habitual criminal.

Because of two prior convictions for residential burglary, one of which he's been on parole for since Nov. 2, Webster is not allowed to possess a weapon.

Webster also was wanted on outstanding warrants for obstructing justice and resisting a peace officer.

Judge Richard Klaus set Webster's bond on the new charges at $500,000 and Miles' bond at $250,000. Both men were told to be back in court March 5.

If convicted of the most serious charges, they face a mandatory prison sentence of between 21 and 45 years.

About six weeks earlier, Champaign police searched the West Vine Street home where Wednesday's home invasion occurred and arrested the 20-year-old resident for possession with intent to deliver cannabis. He's due back in court on that charge Jan. 15.

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billbtri5 wrote on January 03, 2013 at 1:01 pm

apparently they both had foid cards, and  were carrying the guns unloaded in cases....what's the point of more gun laws?...

jdmac44 wrote on January 03, 2013 at 1:01 pm

lol  Same as this gun ban they're trying to pull in the Senate.  You know the thugs are going to stumble overthemselves to comply!