Home-invasion victim says man threatened to 'blow his son's brains out'

Home-invasion victim says man threatened to 'blow his son's brains out'

URBANA — Bond has been set at $16,000 for a Champaign man arrested in connection with a home invasion in that city.

Smoothe William Rivers, 29, who listed an address in the 700 block of Tawney Court, was charged on Tuesday with felony home invasion.

He is due back in court on Oct. 31.

According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to the 1000 block of West Bradley Avenue to respond to a report of a home invasion.

When police arrived, they were flagged down by the victim, who lives at that address. He told police there was somebody inside his home with a gun and described the man.

Police approached the front door and knocked. Then police directed that anybody inside exit the house. Rivers and several other people soon walked out.

Officers identified Rivers as the man who matched the description given by the victim.

The victim told police he had been asleep in his bed when Rivers woke him up. Rivers displayed a gun and threatened the victim on the location of the victim's son.

The victim said that Rivers then threatened to "blow his son's brains out."

At that point the victim managed to get out of the house and call police.

When officers searched the house, they found a replica Smith & Wesson BB gun. Rivers admitted he had possessed the gun.

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Berto71 wrote on October 10, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Wow, a $16,000 bond for an armed home invasion. Yeah, that seems fair.

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on October 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

...yep, that's a real head-scratcher....hmmm