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.