Man formally charged for bank robbery, attempt

Man formally charged for bank robbery, attempt

URBANA — A man criminally charged with robbing one Champaign bank Wednesday and trying to rob another is due back in court June 14.

Maurion Atkins, 41, who said he was living with a girlfriend in the 1200 block of Westfield Drive, Champaign, was arraigned Thursday by Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on felony charges of aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery.

Because of prior criminal convictions, Atkins is eligible for sentencing as a Class X felon to between six and 30 years in prison if convicted.

Difanis set Atkins' bond at $500,000 after hearing Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Perry lay out the facts collected by Champaign police.

Perry said on Wednesday, police learned that a man, later identified as Atkins, went in Busey Bank at 909 W. Kirby Ave., First Financial Bank, 1611 S. Prospect Ave., and Prospect Bank, 1601 S. Prospect Ave., looking around.

At 1:21 p.m., he returned to Prospect Bank, approached a teller with a hand in his pocket and demanded cash. When the teller told him to wait and walked away from him, he left the bank. Perry said two employees there later identified Atkins as the would-be robber. Atkins was charged with attempted aggravated robbery for that incident.

At 3:35 p.m., a man wearing dark clothing and sunglasses went in Central Illinois Bank, 302 W. Springfield Ave., and approached a female teller. Perry said when the teller asked the man to remove his sunglasses, he replied that he was going to tell her what to do.

Perry said he then demanded that she put money on the counter and told her to move faster or he would shoot her. After getting cash, he left the bank.

Not long after, Champaign police stopped the silver sport utility vehicle that Atkins was in on Windsor Road near Neil Street. He was alone.

In the SUV, they found clothing that looked like what bank employees said the robber was wearing and what was seen on video from the banks Atkins had been in. They also recovered cash from the vehicle and a plastic handgun in a jacket.

Atkins was charged with aggravated robbery for the CIB holdup.

In his affidavit seeking the services of a court-appointed attorney, Atkins said he has been employed as a welder in Champaign for the last two months, making about $2,000 a month before taxes.

Assistant Public Defender Jamie Propps said Atkins has five children, two of whom live with him.

Perry said in addition to several misdemeanor convictions, Atkins had felony convictions for attempted burglary and burglary.

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