Urbana man jailed after restaurant employee robbed while making deposit

Urbana man jailed after restaurant employee robbed while making deposit

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man who allegedly robbed a business employee of a cash deposit at a bank early Saturday is due in court Monday.

Marquise Brown, 24, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Montgomery Street, was arrested after police found him by following tracks in the snow.

Assistant State's Attorney Peter Su said an employee of a Jimmy John's restaurant was making a deposit at the Busey Bank, 909 W. Kirby Ave., about 1:15 a.m. He had already gotten one of two bags of cash into the bank's deposit slot when a man approached him, displayed a gun, and ordered him to drop the bag.

Su said the employee did so, and the robber grabbed it and ran.

The victim called police and gave a description of the man and said he was carrying a black semi-automatic handgun.

Officers followed a single set of footprints in the snow, which led to an area where a car appeared to have been parked. The officers then followed the tracks left by the car and spotted a car with a man running away from it.

They pursued that man, later identified as Brown, and eventually caught him in a back yard in the 1700 block of Mayfair Road, less than a mile west of the bank.

Su said police did not find a gun but in Brown's sock was the amount of cash, less $5, that the employee had said was in the stolen bag. Police also searched the car Brown got out of and found the Jimmy John's deposit bag with a $5 bill inside.

Judge Tom Difanis set Brown's bond at $100,000 after hearing that he had prior convictions for unlawful use of weapons and retail theft.

Brown is expected to be formally charged on Monday.

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