Rantoul woman charged with home invasion

RANTOUL — A Rantoul woman is being held at the Champaign County Jail after she was arrested over the weekend in connection with a home invasion and other charges.

Maryann Perkins, 44, who listed an address in the 600 block of Autumn Fields Lane, Rantoul, pleaded innocent on Monday to one count of home invasion, one count of aggravated battery and one count of domestic battery with a previous conviction for domestic battery.

According to a police report, a 56-year-old man living in the 100 block of Winding Lane, Rantoul, used to live with Perkins, but the two of them had not lived together for two years.

Police said Perkins entered his home unannounced while he was sleeping, before 2 a.m. Saturday.

Perkins woke the man up and said, "I'm going to kill you," the report said.

Then Perkins allegedly bit the man on the arm, took a long piece of wooden trim and tried to hit him with it, picked up his cellphone and stomped on it and broke it, got another piece of wood from a shelf and hit him in the neck with it and then used her fingernails to scratch him on the face and arms.

Police said Perkins also tried to hit the man with a chair but missed.

The report said the victim had visible injuries, including scratch marks, redness and swelling, but there was no report of the man receiving medical treatment.

Champaign County Assistant States Attorney Lindsey Clark said Perkins had a previous conviction for domestic battery in 2003.

Perkins' bond was set at $15,000. Her next court appearance was set for May 7.

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