Updated: Three jailed in Savoy home invasion
Updated 3:48 p.m. Wednesday
SAVOY — Three Mahomet men are in jail in connection with an early morning home invasion and robbery in Savoy Tuesday.
Colton L. Fender, 20, of the 1100 block of East Timber Drive, and Cody A. Fry, 20, of the 300 block of North Prairieview Road, were charged Tuesday with home invasion and aggravated robbery, had their bonds set at $250,000 and were told to be back in court Jan. 22.
A third man, Jordan Fancher, 19, of the 1000 block of Pin Oak Drive, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon and was arraigned Wednesday on the same charges.
Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said deputies were sent to the apartment complex at 1206 Wesley Avenue at 12:11 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing yelling and the sound of things being knocked around.
As one deputy was knocking on the door, a second deputy saw two men coming out a window on the back side of the building. They ran and Fender, who was allegedly carrying a handgun, apparently got away in an idling car. He was arrested at his home in Mahomet about three hours later. Fry was caught within moments near the apartment building and Fancher fled, turning himself in later.
Coile said deputies learned that the 21-year-old resident had been robbed of about $1,900 cash and his iPhone after being punched, kicked and shot in the hand with what deputies learned was a pellet gun. The gun was recovered in the grass near the apartment and the victim refused medical treatment. Deputies did not find the cash or the victim's phone, Coile said.
The resident told deputies that the three men forced open his door and began struggling with him. Fry allegedly took the man to the ground and Fender allegedly fired a shot from the pellet gun that hit the resident's hand.
The intruders demanded cash and cannabis as Fry reportedly held the man on the floor and the other two punched and kicked him, then searched the apartment.
Coile said all three men had bandannas covering their faces.
If convicted of the more serious home invasion charge, the men face a mandatory prison sentence of between six and 30 years.
On Wednesday, Fancher was also charged in a separate felony case with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (less than a gram of amphetamine on July 6) and possession with intent to deliver cannabis (between 10 and 30 grams between November 2011 and July 2012).
State's Attorney Julia Rietz said in July, University of Illinois police did two controlled buys from Fancher that led to a search of his home that turned up drug paraphernalia, pills, packaging materials, cannabis and a pistol. He was not arrested at that time and the report of that activity was only recently forwarded to her office for charging, she said.
Judge Richard Klaus set Fancher's bond at $260,000 for both cases and told him to be back in court March 19.