Rantoul man arrested for August robbery

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man wanted for a robbery last summer in the village was arrested early Friday.

Sgt. Justin Bouse said police were called about 12:40 a.m. to the 200 block of East Sangamon Avenue on a report of a man with a gun. While no gun was found, police set about identifying several people who were there.

They found Carlton Johns, 27, of the 300 block of South Maple Street, who was wanted on a warrant issued in mid-September charging him with an Aug. 20 robbery.

Bouse said on that August morning, a woman got out of her car in the 1500 block of Hobson Drive to visit someone and was confronted in the parking lot by a man she later identified as Johns. The assailant grabbed her, twisted her arm, pinned her to the ground and took an envelope of cash from her. He also grabbed her purse and went through it but didn't take anything from it.

Bouse said the woman was able to give police a street name for the robber and later identified Johns in a photo lineup as the man who had taken her cash.

Bond on the warrant was set in September at $100,000.

Johns was expected to make a court appearance on the charge Friday afternoon.

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