Man arrested over mugging on campus last summer

Man arrested over mugging on campus last summer

URBANA — A Champaign man wanted in connection with a mugging on campus last summer was arrested Tuesday.

Arsenio P. Carter, 26, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Thornton Drive, was charged in August with attempted robbery and aggravated battery in connection with an Aug. 17 attack on a Champaign man.

A University of Illinois police report said about 2:45 a.m. that day, the 28-year-old was walking south on Wright Street south of Springfield Avenue near Talbot Lab, when he was approached by four men walking north.

After the group passed, the victim was hit from behind, knocked to the ground, then kicked and punched several times.

One man tried to steal personal property from the victim's pockets. When he resisted and began to shout for the police, all four men ran away north on Wright Street.

The group was captured on surveillance video and Kenichi Townsend and Carter were identified through a tip to Crimestoppers of Champaign County, according to UI police Sgt. Tom Geis.

The mugging was one of about six robberies that happened in late August on the Champaign side of campus.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Carter was stopped at the corner of Bradley Avenue and Randolph Street by a Champaign police officer for an alleged traffic violation. That's when the officer located the outstanding warrant.

Charges had also been filed for the same mugging against Townsend, 18, of Urbana, but Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark dismissed them in January, declaring there was not enough evidence to prove his involvement beyond a reasonable doubt.

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