URBANA — A Champaign man is being held in the Champaign County Jail on a preliminary charge of attempted robbery after he allegedly tried to rob a woman in Urbana at knifepoint.
Urbana police Sgt. Joel Sanders said a 22-year-old University of Illinois student was walking her dog near the intersection of Green and McCullough streets just before 10 p.m. Friday.
A man came up behind her, placed a pocketknife to her neck and demanded her "stuff," Sanders said.
Sanders said the woman turned and fell and the would-be robber ran off. The woman and her dog returned home and she called police.
Sanders said Allen Schaffer, 24, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North Willis Avenue, was found in the 400 block of North Vine Street not long after the incident.
Sanders said the woman identified Schaffer as the man who tried to rob her and he was arrested.
Schaffer appeared Saturday in court, where Judge Arnold Blockman set his bond at $250,000. He is expected to be formally charged on Monday.