Man charged with being an armed habitual criminal and burglary following incident at restaurant
URBANA — A Champaign man is due back in court on Feb. 11 following his arrest in connection with an incident over the weekend at a Champaign fast-food restaurant.
Antonio Maurice Gibson, 40, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Sheffield Road, Champaign, was charged on Tuesday with being an armed habitual criminal and burglary.
Gibson is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $25,000 bond.
According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to Hardee’s, 1806 W. Bradley Ave., C, on Sunday morning to respond to a report of a possible armed robbery.
Employees told police they unlocked the door at about 5:15 a.m. and a man who they know as a regular customer came into the restaurant.
When an employee went behind the register, the man, later identified as Gibson, went to the counter to order food from her.
After the employee told Gibson what the price would be, the man reached into the front side pocket of his sweatshirt and removed a gun. The employee said he pointed the gun at her and said, “Give it to me.”
The woman told him to “hold on” and went to the back of the store to retrieve his food. When she returned, the man was gone. She saw him walking east away from the restaurant toward Mattis Avenue.
After two employees gave officers a description of the armed man, a police dog tracked the path taken by the gunman to the 1600 block of Sheffield Road, where Gibson lived.
When police checked a database, they noted that the description given by the Hardee’s employees matched Gibson’s description.
When police found Gibson at that address, he denied leaving his home the entire night. However, police talked to witnesses who said they saw Gibson leave his home early that morning.
The Hardee’s employee picked Gibson out of a photo lineup as the man who displayed the gun, and police arrested Gibson.
Gibson is being charged with being an armed habitual criminal for allegedly having a gun at a time when he had two prior burglary convictions. If convicted of that charge, he faces between six and 30 years in prison.
He is being charged with burglary for entering the Hardee’s intending to steal. If convicted of that charge, he faces three to seven years in prison.