Two accused of Rantoul home invasion

Two accused of Rantoul home invasion

RANTOUL — Two men are in custody for allegedly forcing their way into a Rantoul man’s home early Sunday morning and robbing him.

Travis P. Burke, 22, of the 1100 block of East Champaign Avenue, Rantoul, and Timothy S. Lowe, 20, of rural St. Joseph, were each charged Monday with two counts of home invasion each in connection with an early Sunday incident.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said the 24-year-old resident of an apartment in the 1300 block of McCullough Drive told police that just before 6 a.m. Sunday, two men he knew and recognized as Burke and Lowe climbed through his apartment window.

The victim told police that Lowe told Burke to get the gun out as they demanded cash. They then allegedly started attacking the man, who was able to get in his 3-year-old son’s room and lock the door.

One of the men then allegedly kicked in the door, damaging it, as they continued to demand money. They took a pillow that contained cash and ran from the apartment.

Beach said the two were arrested about two hours later,

Illinois Department of Corrections records indicate that both men are on parole — Burke for possession of a stolen vehicle and Lowe for burglary.

Judge Rich Klaus set their bonds Monday at $250,000 each for the Class X felonies and told them to return to court April 16.