No charge against rural Mahomet man over incident at his home

No charge against rural Mahomet man over incident at his home

URBANA — The Champaign County state's attorney declined to charge a rural Mahomet man who allegedly restrained an alleged thief in his house Saturday.

Randy McCormick, 51, who lives on County Road 600 E, had been arrested Saturday for assault and unlawful restraint after he allegedly used duct tape to bind the hands of two workers who were laying flooring in his house.

A Champaign County sheriff's deputy said deputies were called to the home early Saturday afternoon and found Travis Evans, 28, of Arcola, and a Tuscola man, 29, bound up.

McCormick alleged that they had stolen items from his home the day before, including a gift card, cash and whiskey.

Deputies arrested Evans for theft after he admitted taking the items. They came back later and arrested McCormick after the Tuscola man alleged that McCormick threatened him and duct-taped his hands.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she chose not to charge McCormick.

She did charge Evans with theft with a prior theft. He's due back in court on the Class 4 felony March 18.

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cwdog57 wrote on February 04, 2014 at 5:02 pm

i can't believe this. the homeowner was charges ... but who do we congradulate the state's attorney(for having some common sense) or the home owner (for doing what needed to be done.)all i can do is laugh at the thieves.

787 wrote on February 05, 2014 at 11:02 am

It is a rare day that Julia Reitz shows common sense and good judgement.  

If she could only shake her horrible habit of letting people who try to steal tens of thousands of dollars off with a slap on the wrist... while purusing felony charges from incidents of petty theft.

Yes, Julia... you and your awful office do this.   Champaign County deserves much better than you.