Two Urbana men charged with attempted robbery
URBANA — Two Urbana men who allegedly tried to rob a teen of a bicycle outside the Urbana Free Library on Monday have been charged with attempted aggravated robbery.
Deadric Gaines, 18, who listed an address in the 2700 block of East Illinois Street, and Xavier Hilson, 20, who listed an address in the 800 block of West Church Street, were arraigned Tuesday and are to be back in court July 23.
Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said just before 6 p.m., Urbana police were sent to the library, 210 W. Green St., where an 18-year-old reported that he and his friend were locking up their bicycles when they were approached by a group of five or six men and one woman.
Bennett said one of the men, later identified as Hilson, allegedly said "Get his bike" while Gaines allegedly raised his shirt to reveal a gun in his waistband. He then allegedly waved the gun in the air and said, "Don't make me shoot you."
The two young men took off on their bikes with the group chasing them but were able to get away.
Shortly after, police were called to Crystal Lake Park for a report of a man with a gun.
Officers located Gaines and Hilson, who fit the description of the library assailants, in an alley in the 300 block of West University Avenue.
Although neither was armed, police found two pellet guns with removable magazines that looked like real guns on the rear tire of a truck near where police had initially stopped the group.
Gaines and Hilson admitted having been at the library and were arrested.
Judge Richard Klaus set bond for Gains, who is on parole for burglary, at $50,000, and for Hilson at $25,000.
If convicted of the Class 2 felony, they face penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.