Man arrested following robberies due in court on Aug. 6

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $450,000 bond following his arrest in connection with two separate robberies and an attempted robbery.

DeMarvin D. Thornton, 23, who listed an address in the 1200 block of West Beslin Street, Urbana, was charged on Monday with one count of aggravated robbery, one count of residential burglary, one count of attempted aggravated robbery and two counts of robbery.

Judge Richard Klaus set Thornton’s bond at $450,000. His next court appearance has been set for Aug. 6.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said that Thornton is suspected in connection with a robbery in the 300 block of East Clark Street at 6:10 a.m. June 13, an attempted robbery in the 100 block of South Fourth Street at 7:30 a.m. June 15 and a robbery in the 300 block of East Stoughton Street at 4:35 a.m. June 18.

In the first incident reported, a man entered a home and took a backpack, cellphone, video equipment and electronic game accessories from a 27-year-old Champaign man.

In the second incident, a man attempted to rob a 36-year-old Champaign man before the robber ran off.

In the third incident, a 25-year-old Champaign woman and a 23-year-old Champaign woman were approached by a man as they were walking home. The man stole a cellphone and ran away.

Dunn said police were able to arrest Thornton with the help of tips provided by the community to  police.

If you have information on any of these incidents, call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Information may also be left anonymously online at www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

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