Two teens charged with iPhone robbery

Two teens charged with iPhone robbery

URBANA — Two Centennial High School students have been charged with robbery for allegedly taking an iPhone from a fellow student in Champaign.

Tresor Banao, 19, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Paula Drive, Champaign, was arraigned Tuesday on the Class 2 felony charge and told to be back in court Jan. 14.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said Banao and a 14-year-old male with him robbed an 18-year-old male on Nov. 18 after he stepped off a Mass Transit District bus near Second Street and University Avenue. Ziegler said the 18-year-old had his phone out on the bus and that Banao and the younger teen decided they were going to take it.

Once the victim stepped off the bus, Banao allegedly knocked him to the ground and struck him while the younger teen grabbed the phone.

Ziegler said the victim did not personally know the two but recognized them from school. Champaign police obtained video from the bus before making the arrests. Ziegler said the 14-year-old was also charged with robbery in a juvenile petition.

Banao was ordered to have no contact with the teen he's accused of robbing. Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $15,000. If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.

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gingergirl wrote on December 03, 2013 at 1:12 am

First I want thank everyone for leaving Ms. Skepticity out there in her own ocean of a mini trial for Mr. Banao and of course to the news gazette for alllowing such freedom of speech. I have gathered a few things from this post; one thing being that this post was from a woman (because men don't tend to voice themselves as accurate)(no offense). Second, this woman is either directly or indirectly related to the victim. I say that because with all the crime in world going on these days; she was intensely focused on this one. She does have me stumped as to how she seems to know so much about the accused. Regardless, the time taken for her to post her opinion deserves the one I'm about to give her. I am directly related to the accused and by no means to I condone his actions but, here's my dilemma. YOU are an adult and I gather that you have proven this young man guilty already in your mind and that he has no chance of forgiveness or help. YOU are supposedly representitive of the "right" people in this world? One who would put all of your energy into the dirt from this young man's past (as if you have none of your own; oh thats right....you're Jesus). One who would hope our judicial system just lock him up and throw away the key? YOU are exactly the type of person that makes me wonder where our real crmminals are! Not always by exact actions as they relate to our great ability as humans to make REAL stupid choices but, by the intentional choices we make as it relates to whats in our hearts. I believe in justice and I pray that it's served; and I want it known for the record that I hold the same compassion in my heart for the victim as I do the accused. As for you Ms. Skepticity, I pray for you. Your post was uneccessary and just down right WRONG. Get it together girl.