Chicago man charged in connection with pair of Champaign muggings

Chicago man charged in connection with pair of Champaign muggings

URBANA — A Chicago man linked to two recent street robberies in Champaign earlier this month remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Othar Taylor, 19, was charged Monday with aggravated robbery and robbery in a Sept. 2 mugging, as well as attempted aggravated robbery in connection with a Saturday incident.

Judge John Kennedy appointed the public defender's office to represent Taylor and told him to be back in court Oct. 23.

Champaign police said in the Sept. 2 holdup, a University of Illinois student was walking on the sidewalk on Green Street between Neil and Locust streets when he was approached by a man who forcibly took his wallet. That happened about 7 p.m. that Sunday.

Then, at about 2:35 p.m. Saturday, a person later identified as Taylor approached a man in the 1300 block of South Neil Street and allegedly demanded money while implying he had a gun.

A Champaign police officer in the area saw it happen and began a brief foot chase that led to Taylor's arrest. Police said Taylor admitted his involvement in the Saturday incident and the earlier one on Green Street.

If convicted of the most serious charge — robbery — Taylor faces penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

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