Man charged with burglary in incident at ex-girlfriend's home

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly robbed his former girlfriend of her cellphone has been criminally charged.

Jonathan L. Harris, 22, of the 2400 block of West Bradley Avenue, was arraigned Friday for residential burglary, robbery, criminal trespass to residence and domestic battery and ordered to have no contact with his alleged victim or her home.

A Champaign police report said Harris and the victim dated for over a year but broke up in March.

On Thursday, he went to her apartment in the 3000 block of Edward Hoffman Drive in Champaign and demanded a diamond ring that he had given her. They argued through the closed front door. He then left and headed toward her car with her yelling at him not to damage the car.

The report said he then ran back to the front door and kicked it open, damaging the door frame. He then allegedly pushed her back into the apartment and into her bedroom, grabbing her phone from her as she tried to call police.

The report said he looked through her bedroom for the ring but couldn't find it. He then hurriedly left the apartment with her phone.

Police found him later that day. He initially denied being at the home but when confronted with information that the print found on the front of her door matched his boot, he admitted kicking in the door. Police did not find the woman's phone.

Harris was told to be back in court Sept. 24.

If convicted of the most serious charge — residential burglary — Harris could be sentenced to between four and 15 years in prison.

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