Two charged with Rantoul home invasion, holdup

Two charged with Rantoul home invasion, holdup

URBANA — Two men have been charged with home invasion and armed robbery while police are looking for a third in connection with a holdup in Rantoul late Thursday.

First Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said Friday he charged Anthony Goodwin, 28, who listed addresses in the 1300 block of Cypress Lane and the 1200 block of Sycamore in Rantoul, and Deion D. Williams, 19, of the 1500 block of Powers Lane, Champaign, with armed robbery with a gun and home invasion in connection with a break-in in the 1300 block of Harmon Drive.

Ziegler said three men were inside the home about 10:15 p.m. when there was a knock on the door. One of the men answered and was confronted by a bald man with a goatee who was wearing all dark clothing and holding a revolver. The armed man pushed his way in and was followed by two others who searched as the gunman held the gun on the men present.

The man with the gun, later identified as Goodwin, allegedly hit one of the three men in the head. He was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

Ziegler said the two who were searching ran out carrying an item that the victims later discovered was a locked box containing cash.

The victims immediately contacted Rantoul police, who spotted three men matching the general description walking across the parking lot of the Rantoul Food Mart, 515 S. Maplewood Drive, not far from the Harmon Drive address.

When the officer approached, the trio ran, two of them in one direction and the third in another.

Both Goodwin and Williams were eventually caught; the third man was not.

Ziegler said in Williams' path of flight, police found a crowbar that the victims identified as having come from their home.

In a nearby backyard that Goodwin ran through, police found a black jacket. Police also found in a garbage can at that home the lock box and a loaded .38-caliber revolver with one round fired.

The victims identified both Goodwin and Williams, according to Ziegler.

In addition to armed robbery and home invasion, Goodwin was charged with unlawful use of weapons by a felon. Ziegler said he has a prior conviction from Macon County for aggravated unlawful use of weapons.

If convicted of the most serious charge, the two face penalties ranging from 21 to 45 years in prison.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for each of the men at $500,000 and told them to be back in court Sept. 16.

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