Man charged with home invasion, burglary in separate incidents

Man charged with home invasion, burglary in separate incidents

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly forced his way into the home of an ex-girlfriend early Thursday has been charged with several felonies.

Linnell Blount, 19, of the 500 block of South Glenn Drive, was charged Friday with home invasion, residential burglary and robbery in connection with an early morning incident at the Hamilton on the Park apartment complex in northwest Urbana.

Urbana police Detective Dave Roesch said about 3:25 a.m., Blount allegedly forced his way into an apartment in the 1000 block of Brookstone Court, the home of a 20-year-old woman who has an active order of protection against him. Blount allegedly hit her and took her wallet before leaving the apartment, Roesch said. The woman was not seriously injured.

Also on Friday, Blount was charged in a separate case with residential burglary in connection with a break-in in Urbana last fall. Blount was linked to that by DNA results recently returned by the state crime lab, according to Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark.

A police report about that case said a person saw two men carrying items covered by a sheet out of a house in the 1100 block of Country Squire Drive about 10:20 p.m. on Nov. 6. They put the items in the truck and left.

Police later found the house ransacked. The resident reported a flat-screen television, laptop computer and lock for it, and a white sheet missing. Partially eaten candy bars were also left in the kitchen and living room. DNA taken from the candy was consistent with Blount's, the lab concluded.

At the time, he was on parole for burglary and living a few doors away. He was wearing an electronic home detention device and denied being at the ransacked home but a check of his monitoring device showed he was out of range of his monitor during the time the burglary was happening.

Blount is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond in both cases and was told to be back in court July 15.

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