Teens charged as adults in home invasion, armed robbery

Teens charged as adults in home invasion, armed robbery

URBANA — Two area teenagers accused of robbing a mother and daughter at gunpoint in their Champaign home Tuesday night are being prosecuted as adults.

Charges of armed robbery, home invasion and aggravated robbery were filed in Champaign County Circuit Court Thursday against Marcus A. Johnson, 17, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Tara Drive, Champaign, and Erion V. Davis-Murdock, 15, who listed an address in the 200 block of Ells Avenue, Champaign.

A Champaign police report said the two were arrested Tuesday night for a home invasion that happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 700 block of West Harvard Street.

The report said a 15-year-old girl heard a knock on the door. When she opened the door, one of the two, later identified as Davis-Murdock, pushed her out of the way, came in and asked for her brother. The second teen, later identified as Johnson, then came in, pushed the girl onto the couch and pointed a gun at her forehead.

The intruders then took a Kindle Fire and another electronic computer tablet.

The report said the girl's mother came into the room, saw the two teens yelling at her daughter, and told her to get a phone and call police.

The girl grabbed a cordless phone but one of the intruders grabbed it from her.

The mother then went into the bathroom to try to call police on her cellphone but one of them came in the bathroom, displayed a gun and asked her what she was doing. She handed over her red flip phone.

The robbers ran from the house west across Prospect Avenue.

On his way to the call, Sgt. Aaron Lack saw two young men running between houses and behind garages in the neighborhood.

He later found Johnson hiding under a pickup truck in a driveway in the 900 block of Harvard. Near him was a red flip phone that was confirmed as the one taken from the resident.

Davis-Murdock was found shortly after walking across Harvard Street. He admitted he had been at an address on Harvard Street with a friend and that he had a backpack but lost it while running. Police found a backpack stuffed under a porch on the rear of a home in the 900 block of Harvard. It had clothing, a cellphone and two computer tablets.

Later, while Johnson and Davis-Murdock were alone briefly in the squad car, the in-car camera recorded the pair laughing about the incident and Johnson reportedly saying that he forgot to throw the resident's cellphone away. They also discussed the six to 30-year sentencing range for home invasion.

If convicted of the home invasion or armed robbery, they face 21 to 45 years in prison because a gun was used.

Johnson and Davis-Murdock made initial appearances Tuesday before a juvenile judge. They are being held in the Juvenile Detention Center.

Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum said Davis-Murdock is a sophomore at Central High School and has not lived in the area very long. He has prior juvenile adjudications for disorderly conduct and is on probation for assault from Iowa, Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan told Judge John Kennedy.

Urbana attorney Diana Lenik, appointed to represent Johnson, said he is a lifelong resident of the community with family here and was supposed to go to a residential treatment center in a couple of weeks.

Sullivan said Johnson is on parole from the Department of Juvenile Justice. He has juvenile adjudications for unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis on school grounds, burglary and criminal damage to property.

Judge Kennedy set bond for each of the teens at $250,000 and ordered them to be back in court for a probable cause hearing on April 15.

They were also ordered to have no contact with the residents or the home on Harvard.

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