Man charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man has been charged with robbing a man in that city of a phone and cash.

Donnell Jackson, 26, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Vine Street, was arrested early Tuesday after he came to the Champaign police department to answer questions about an incident that allegedly happened Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Dave Griffet said an officer was sent to an apartment building near Clark and Second streets about 5 p.m.

A 20-year-old Champaign man reported he had been robbed by a man who approached his car carrying a submachine gun.

"When he went to open the car door, the suspect kicked the door closed and pulled a gun on him. He pointed the gun at him, said 'Give me all you have,' and took his phone and $10," said Griffet.

The victim gave police what he thought was the man's first name and said he had been robbed by the same man in Urbana in March. He also reported seeing a woman in a car nearby during the holdup.

Griffet said police learned the names of the woman and man and put together a photo lineup containing Jackson's picture, which the alleged victim picked out.

Jackson and the woman came to the police department later in the evening to answer questions about the incident. Jackson was arrested after the interview.

Griffet said police did not recover the stolen property or the gun allegedly used.

The state's attorney's office Tuesday filed charges of armed robbery and aggravated robbery against Jackson. If convicted of the more serious, Jackson faces penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison.

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