Man charged in home invasion

Man charged in home invasion

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of taking part in a violent home invasion last fall has been arraigned on Class X felony charges.

Brandon C. Baker, 29, whose last local address was in the 5000 block of West Dudley Road, appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court Monday, where he was arraigned on two counts of home invasion. A warrant for Baker's arrest was issued July 10.

According to Urbana police reports, Baker was one of two men who allegedly forced their way into an apartment in the 2300 block of East Main Street, Urbana, where two men were present, on Oct. 15.

One of the victims told police he heard dogs barking outside and saw two men looking in. One of the men was pointing a gun at him while the other rushed the door. The roommates inside tried to hold the door shut but were unsuccessful.

One resident stabbed one of the intruders in the abdomen with a kitchen knife. The report said there was a struggle over the knife and the man who had stabbed the intruder was then cut in the leg.

The report said the intruders tore up the apartment while demanding to know where the money was. Both intruders ran out along with the man whose leg was cut. That victim reported that one of the intruders yelled at him to stop and he then heard five gunshots.

Police recovered four shell casings and a trail of blood coming from the back door and across the street to a parking lot. Police followed the trail and also recovered a ski mask near where the trail of blood ended. DNA extracted from the evidence linked Baker to the crime, the police report said.

Baker was in federal custody in Pekin serving a sentence for a drug conviction.

He faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years if convicted of home invasion and is scheduled to be back in court for a probable cause hearing on Sept. 9.

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