Police seek help finding mugging suspect

URBANA — University of Illinois police are asking for the public's help in locating a man charged in connection with an Aug. 17 campus area mugging.

Arsenio P. Carter, 25, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Thornton Drive, Champaign, is wanted for attempted robbery and aggravated battery for an attack on a 28-year-old man in the 100 block of South Wright Street in Urbana about 2:45 a.m. that day.

Co-defendant Kenichi Townsend, 18, of Urbana, was arrested Wednesday night and remained in the county jail Friday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Carter is described as a black male, about 7 feet tall, weighing 245 pounds.

He was allegedly in a group of four people, two of whom knocked the victim to the ground, struck him in the head and torso, and looked for items in his pockets. They didn't get anything.

UI police department has a brief video clip of the group on its website. Carter is believed to be the man on the far left. It can be viewed at: http://illinois.edu/lb/article/2668/76516.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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"about 7 feet tall"

Orbiter wrote on August 31, 2013 at 9:08 am

Rob, the "7 feet tall" description caught my eye, too.  And I agree with your criticism, since if the authorities have a mugshot of him, they certainly know precisely how tall he is, not "about" how tall.  It's not as if he can easily be taller or shorter, so why the vagueness?  They know he is 245 lbs.  Not "about 245 lbs".  They also didn't describe him as "somewhat black" either.  Very odd.