Campus muggings lead to arrest of 15-year-old
URBANA — A second teen-age boy has been arrested and charged in connection with two muggings on the University of Illinois campus that happened late last month.
On Friday, Champaign County Judge Harry Clem ordered that the 15-year-old boy, who lives at Cunningham Children’s Home, be held on two counts of robbery alleging that he robbed a man and woman in separate incidents on July 26. He was also charged in the same juvenile delinquency petition with another count of criminal damage to property in connection with damage that Urbana police found to a vacant apartment Thursday in the 1600 block of Willow Road.
Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Larson said the teen and three other female runaways from Cunningham were found there by police. The apartment had about $1,000 worth of damage to the walls and a door, he said. Clem also ordered the three girls to be held on the criminal damage charges.
Larson said the 15-year-old boy was stealing from people to get by while out on the street.
In one of the July 26 robberies, he and another 15-year-old boy who’s already been charged, allegedly approached a man near the intersection of Sixth and Green streets, demanded his money, hit him in the eye, and took juice from him.
The pair then later allegedly confronted a 20-year-old woman near the intersection of Chalmers and Sixth streets and demanded her purse. She handed over cash and they ran off.
When the 15-year-old was found in the Willow Road apartment Thursday, he admitted being present when the robberies occurred last month but denied that he took part.
Clem ordered that he remain the the Juvenile Detention Center until his next hearing Aug. 13.
University of Illinois police investigated the campus area robberies.