Updated: Woman charged with armed robbery in Rantoul

Updated: Woman charged with armed robbery in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A woman who allegedly held up a Rantoul business late Monday using a tire iron is due back in court Nov. 5 after being charged with armed robbery.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said employees from the Family Video store, 301 E. Champaign Ave., reported shortly after 11 p.m. that a woman had come in the store, raised a tire iron and demanded cash.

When the employee thought she was joking, the robber then slammed the tire iron on the counter and repeated 'Give me all the money,' Bouse said.

A female employee handed her the cash and the woman left heading east from the business on U.S. 136.

Bouse said minutes later, police stopped a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a woman, later identified as Sarah Evans, 43, in the 200 block of Illinois Drive. The officer took Evans back to the business, where the employee identified her as the robber.

In the sport utility vehicle, police found the tire iron and the cash taken in the holdup.

In court Tuesday, Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said Evans, who listed an address in the 100 block of East Campbell Avenue, appeared to be under the influence of cocaine when she was stopped by police. Arguing for a substantial bond, Carlson said Evans has a 1996 conviction for robbery.

Assistant Public Defender Janie Miller-Jones said Evans suffered from post traumatic stress disorder for which she takes medication.

Judge John Kennedy set her bond at $50,000.

If convicted, Evans faces six to 30 years in prison.

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