Champaign police arrest man wanted for attempted murder

Champaign police arrest man wanted for attempted murder

URBANA — Champaign police have located a man wanted for attempted murder.

Lynntez Holt, 35, whose last known address was on Hollyhill Drive in Champaign, was arrested Friday morning at the apartment of a girlfriend on Church Street in Champaign, said Champaign police detective Sgt. Dave Griffet.

He's being held in the county jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

Holt was charged last September with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and aggravated unlawful use of weapons in connection with the shooting of a man at a Champaign apartment on Sept. 1.

A Champaign police report said on that day, the 47-year-old Indianapolis man was at a house he owns in the 200 block of East Park Street. He was checking on it because he had recently evicted the tenant.

While he was inside, a man later identified as Holt knocked on the door. Knowing that Holt was friends with the evicted tenant, the owner told Holt about the eviction. Holt demanded his belongings from the house but the owner refused to let him in, telling him to deal with the previous tenant.

Holt then allegedly drew a hand gun from his waistband. Seeing that, the owner grabbed Holt's hand and wrestled with him over the gun.

Holt then allegedly brought the gun up to the man's head and fired. The gun went off by the owner's head, causing him temporary deafness. The report said the gun hit the victim in the head, causing a cut that bled. The victim ran from the house.

A woman who was in the house heard the arguing and the shot. She saw a man come in a room with a gun in his hand and take a box fan. She later picked Holt out of a lineup as the man with the gun.

Holt appeared in court Friday for arraignment on the charges, the most serious of which could net him up to 30 years in prison upon conviction. A probable cause hearing is set for June 10.

Court records show Holt has prior felony convictions for unlawful use of weapons, possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing justice, mob action, criminal damage to property, and driving under revocation.

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alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 21, 2014 at 11:05 am
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I really hope that there's more to this story than printed here, and that it wasn't just his box fan that he caused all this trouble trying to retrieve.  If he's really going to prison over a box fan, well....what else can you say, except, that's just silly.