Savoy man wanted in attempted murder case arrested in Tennessee

Savoy man wanted in attempted murder case arrested in Tennessee

URBANA — A Savoy man wanted for the attempted murder of a man in Urbana that happened last month has been arrested in Tennessee.

Lt. Rich Surles said George F. Roark, 22, was arrested early Tuesday at the home of a relative in Murfreesboro, Tenn., by members of the United States Marshals Service.

A warrant had been issued for his arrest in connection with a Jan. 19 home invasion in which Roark allegedly shot a man he knew in the man's home.

The 34-year-old victim told police that Roark came through a window of his home in the 1300 block of West Bradley Avenue about 2:30 a.m. When he went to investigate the noise, Roark allegedly fired a shot that struck the man in the hand.

The resident and the intruder, who was apparently planning to rob the resident, then got into a physical fight that resulted in the intruder allegedly firing several more shots. No others hit the victim.

The intruder eventually left the house through the same window he came in and the victim was taken to Carle Hospital where Surles said he had "extensive surgery" to repair his injured hand. He has since been released.

On Jan. 26, Judge John Kennedy issued a warrant charging Roark with home invasion, attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon with bond set at $500,000. Three of those charges are Class X felonies, carrying a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years in prison upon conviction.

Surles said Roark was taken to the Rutherford County Jail in Murfreesboro. It's not clear when he will make a court appearance or be returned to Champaign County.

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