Teen charged in robbery at knifepoint

Teen charged in robbery at knifepoint

URBANA — One of four young men believed to be involved in the armed robbery of a teen outside the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club last month has been criminally charged.

Champaign police are looking for the others.

A Champaign police report said Andrew T. Allen, 17, who listed an addresses in the 2600 block of East California Street, Urbana, and the 900 block of Berwick Drive, Champaign, was arrested Wednesday at the Illinois Terminal for an alleged armed robbery that happened Dec. 26.

On that day, a report said, Allen was on a bus with a 14-year-old boy who had two cellphones and told Allen he wanted to sell one of them. Allen purported to make a phone call and told the teen he had a potential buyer for it.

When they got off the bus at the Illinois Terminal, Allen met up with another man and they allegedly came up with a plan to follow the youth to the Boys and Girls Club and rob him of the phone.

Allen then went back to the teen and told him the buyer was at the Boys and Girls Club, 201 E. Park St., C. The 14-year-old then headed there with Allen and three other young men following them.

Once they arrived at the club, which was closed for the holidays, Allen and the other three allegedly produced knives. One held a switchblade to the 14-year-old's neck and said "we're going to need all that."

One then grabbed the victim's phone and began to take his backpack while the other three encouraged that robber.

The teen was able to get away from the quartet and call police without being physically harmed.

Allen was arraigned Wednesday on the Class X felony charge. If convicted he faces six to 30 years in prison. He remained in the county jail Thursday in lieu of $75,000 bond and is due back in court Feb. 11.

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