Champaign man charged with planning home invasion

CHAMPAIGN — A man who allegedly arranged a home invasion on Tuesday has been criminally charged with that offense.

Charles A. Johnson, 23, who listed an addresses in the 1300 block of Mariner Way, Champaign, was charged Thursday with planning a home invasion that occurred about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 1700 block of Valley Road, Champaign.

Champaign police detective Dave Griffet said a person who was house-sitting at the Valley Road home reported that about 2:30 a.m., a man came in through an unlocked bedroom window and pointed a gun at him. That intruder then went to the door and let a second man in.

In a matter of minutes, the intruders had collected a television, electronic items, cellphones, cigarettes and prescription medication and left.

Officers did not locate anyone right away but a few hours later were sent to a domestic dispute in the 1300 block of Mariner Way in northwest Champaign, Griffet said.

They located Johnson, who had a television that matched the description of the one stolen from the Valley Road home invasion.

Once officers verified it was the one stolen, Johnson was taken to the Champaign Police Department.

Griffet said officers determined that Johnson had a role in planning the home invasion and later came to possess the television.

He was the only person arrested. Police are still looking for the others involved.

On Thursday, Johnson was charged with home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated robbery. The home invasion and armed robbery charges are Class X felonies carrying penalties upon conviction of six to 30 years in prison.

Champaign County court records show Johnson has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis.

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