Rantoul man arrested in armed robbery at liquor store

Rantoul man arrested in armed robbery at liquor store

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man has been arrested in connection with a violent armed robbery Tuesday night at a Rantoul liquor store.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said officers were sent to the Liquor Locker, 820 E. Champaign Ave., about 9:15 p.m., where the owner reported having been robbed by three men.

Bouse said one of the trio used what appeared to be pepper spray to spray the owner in the face. Another went to the cash register area and began striking him with his fist while armed with a handgun.

The owner struggled with the man who was repeatedly striking him. While he was being slugged, a third man took a bank bag, then all three left.

The owner estimated the loss at $2,000. He sustained minor injuries but did not seek medical attention.

During the investigation, officers located Anthony Terrell Johnson, 21, who listed an address in the 300 block of South Steffler Street, and learned he was wanted for a parole violation. He had been sentenced to prison for a robbery out of Lake County in 2012, Bouse said.

They arrested him for that and said later, after viewing surveillance video from the liquor store, they determined he was the person allegedly hitting the liquor store owner while armed with the gun.

Police did a court-authorized search of Johnson's apartment and recovered a one-shot handgun, cash and clothing thought to be used during the robbery.

He is expected to be formally charged Thursday.

Rantoul police are still investigating and ask that anyone with information on the robbery or the other two male suspects call them at 217-892-2103 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Anonymous tips can also be left at 373tips.com or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.

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jparks wrote on October 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Who needs to pay a judge?  I can handle this one.  Why waste $50,000 on local investigators to investigate this crime.  Their previous criminal history doesn't seem to make a difference.  Here it comes Heidi.  I will do it for you.  Probation, probation, and probation.  Done.  Taxpayers don't owe me anything.

billbtri5 wrote on October 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

...you beat me to it on this one...I'm not sure this is even against the Law in Champaign County anymore..

..apparently you can stalk someone in your car, chase them down..and shoot at them within City limits,( where citizens are residing, resting, relaxing, working )

and be "awarded" probaion, that is being able to walk past the police that risked Their lives arresting you, and out the Courthouse door...