Police arrest two for different crimes at same time
CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign men found at the same home Tuesday are in custody for different crimes.
Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said officers had a search warrant for the home of Tyren L. Scott, 23, in the 1500 block of Hollyhill Drive, which they planned to serve Tuesday afternoon, looking for guns and drugs.
As they watched the house in anticipation of serving the warrant, they saw Allen Williams, 21, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Queensway Drive, arrive to pick up Scott. Griffet said police were looking for Williams in connection with an aggravated battery that happened Friday.
After both men pulled away from the house, police stopped the car in the 1000 block of West Beardsley Avenue and arrested Williams.
Griffet said officers from the SWAT team and detectives then proceeded with the court-approved search of Scott’s home.
They found two loaded handguns in his bedroom, a scale with suspected heroin residue on it, and a container that had 12 plastic bags of suspected heroin weighing just over 2 grams.
Because of prior convictions for aggravated battery, Scott is not allowed to possess a weapon. He was charged Wednesday with two counts of armed violence and one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. All are Class X felonies carrying mandatory prison terms of 15 to 30 years upon conviction.
Williams was also charged with armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of weapons, and aggravated battery for an incident with an 18-year-old male relative that allegedly happened Friday at Scott’s home.
Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Weber said the victim reported that Williams allegedly had a gun in his waistband at the time he was striking him in the face with a fist. The victim said he suffered a concussion and a broken nose, Weber said.
The victim’s brother, who came to pick him up, also said Williams brandished a gun at the floor.
Griffet said police were notified of that incident by hospital staff after the victim was taken to Provena Covenant Medical Center and later transferred to Carle Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He has since been released.
Williams is also not allowed to possess weapons due to an attempted armed robbery conviction from 2009.
If convicted of the armed violence charge, Williams also faces 15 to 30 years in prison.
Judge Richard Klaus Wednesday set Scott’s bond at $100,000 and Williams’ bond at $50,000. Both men were told him to be back in court March 19.