Urbana man faces charges after allegedly following teen girls home

Urbana man faces charges after allegedly following teen girls home

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly followed two teen girls from a park and into an apartment, reportedly while drunk, has been criminally charged.

Daniel G. Joyce, 41, of the 300 block of Sunnycrest Court West is due back in court Sept. 4 on one felony count of criminal trespass to residence and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said the charges stemmed from an incident Monday night that started about 8 p.m. in Crestview Park in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.

Two girls, 14 and 15, left other friends at the park to head to the apartment of the 14-year-old in the same block.

The girls said Joyce was following them and got on the elevator with them. They asked him if he lived in the complex. He replied that he did not but was there to "drink a beer and hang out," said Surles, reading from the report.

The girls continued into the apartment and proceeded to tell the girl's stepfather about the man who had followed them. Shortly after, the front door opened and Joyce entered.

"He got about 10 feet in when the stepfather punched him on the left side of the face, pushed him out the front door and said he was going to call police," Surles said.

When officers arrived, both men were in the hallway calmly waiting for police to arrive, Surles said. Joyce had been slugged on the left side of the face but was not seriously harmed.

Officers noted that he was intoxicated and that there was a vertical tear next to his pants zipper that revealed he was not wearing underwear.

Joyce told police he had followed the girls to make sure they arrived home safely, Surles said.

Judge John Kennedy set bond at $15,000 for Joyce and told him to have no contact with the girls or the apartment building.

If convicted of the felony charge, Joyce faces penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison.

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