Danville man charged in purse-snatching in west Champaign

Danville man charged in purse-snatching in west Champaign

URBANA — A Danville man has been charged with robbery in connection with a purse-snatching Monday in west Champaign.

Dakota Servis, 18, of the 0-100 block of Camelot Drive was arraigned Tuesday on charges of robbery, theft from a person and burglary after he allegedly stole a 65-year-old woman's purse, then later allegedly tried to use her credit card

The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. Monday near Crescent Drive and Round Barn Road in Champaign.

The victim told Champaign police she was crossing the street to catch a bus when a man ran up behind her, grabbed her purse and ran off behind the nearby driver services facility.

The woman said she called out to a man and woman who were near her assailant for help, but they put their hands up and walked away. Police located all three of them nearby. Servis tried to run and was tackled.

He eventually admitted taking the purse, running away and discarding it. He said he was going to sell the woman's cellphone when police caught him.

Police found the purse, but the woman's cellphone and credit cards were missing. Police learned that Servis had tried to use one of the cards at a Champaign convenience store.

Court records show Servis has prior adjudications as a juvenile for residential burglary and theft.

Judge Brett Olmstead said his bond at $30,000 and told him to be back in court Sept. 29 for a probable-cause hearing.

If convicted of the more serious charges, he could face penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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jparks wrote on September 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm

Probation.  Guaranteed.  That will teach him!  Oh wait.  No.  It hasn't worked so far. Based on his criminal history.  Julia????  More probation?  Aggrevated robbery against the elderly has a more severe sentence potential.  What could it be?  Double top secret probation?  Julia?  Make the punishment hurt.

GLG wrote on September 13, 2017 at 10:09 am

MS. Reitz will have this reduced to J-walking!

aantulov wrote on September 14, 2017 at 10:09 am

Of all the faces shown on mug shots this one looks remorseful.  Is there not one church that will sponsor this lad to get on the right path?