Three Urbana teens charged with holdup scheme

URBANA — Three Urbana teenagers have been criminally charged with scheming to rob a pizza delivery man in southeast Urbana Tuesday night.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said officers were called at 8:53 p.m. to an apartment complex in the 900 block of East Colorado Avenue by someone who heard men talking in the hallway about a robbery and money.

While police were there dealing with the trio, a pizza delivery man from Papa John's showed up, leading police to conclude that someone had called him there with the intention of robbing him.

Police arrested Jamarrio T. Jackson, 18, of the 1300 block of Silver Street; Jamarri D. Walker, 18, of the 600 block of East Washington Street; and a 15-year-old Urbana boy.

All three were charged with attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. Jackson and Walker were charged Wednesday in adult court while the 15-year-old was charged in juvenile court.

In the juvenile's detention hearing Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Claire Sharples-Brooks told Judge Harry Clem that when police first arrived, they found Jackson with a BB gun. Walker and the younger teen had run from the building but were caught nearby. A second BB gun was found about 5 feet from the younger teen.

Sharples-Brooks said police checked with the resident of the apartment where the pizza man was to make his delivery, but she said she had not ordered one.

She said Walker had told police that when he arrived at the complex, Jackson and the younger teen pointed BB guns at him and asked to use his phone. While he was out of their presence, Walker said, they allegedly ordered a pizza to be delivered to an apartment in the building. When Walker came back, he asked what was going on and the other two told him to wait and see.

Urbana police are investigating to see if the trio had any involvement in a robbery at a nearby business about 15 minutes earlier.

Morgan said about 8:40 p.m., two men in dark clothing, with hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and scarves over their faces, entered La Fiesta, 1717 Philo Road. One of the two displayed a handgun to the cashier and ordered her to give him money. She did, and the pair fled.

The call to the Colorado Avenue apartment complex came not quite 15 minutes later, Morgan said.

That holdup remains under investigation.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for Jackson and Walker at $50,000 each and told them to be in court on Nov. 19.

Clem ordered the teen held in the Juvenile Detention Center until a Nov. 8 status hearing. Sharples-Brooks said the youth has three pending criminal cases in juvenile court for disorderly conduct, theft and retail theft. She said the retail theft involved the theft of carbon dioxide canisters for a BB gun.

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keyslammer wrote on October 24, 2013 at 5:10 am

I plead with the judges in these cases to throw the book at them to the fullest extent of the law.  How can you be elected to the position you have and not be concerned for the safety of those who have elected you?  It's time we have some judges in this country do the right thing, not some plea bargain mess that goes on.  We are tired of this.  We are tired of the outcome of the court cases in things like this.  Same story, different day!