SAVOY — Champaign County sheriff's deputies have arrested two people and are looking for two others in connection with the holdup of a fast food restaurant in Savoy early Wednesday.
Sheriff Dan Walsh said one of the two arrested, Natasha Duvall, 19, of the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, was an employee working at the Sonic Drive-In, 101 Calvin St., that was robbed at gunpoint by a man about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Her boyfriend, Sherman Bragg, 19, also of the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, is believed to have hatched the plan.
The two of them were arraigned Friday on a single charge of armed robbery alleging they were responsible for the actions of another man, who actually took cash while armed with a handgun. Duvall was also charged with obstructing justice for allegedly lying to investigators.
Sheriff Dan Walsh said Friday night that deputies obtained warrants for the arrests of two other people — Tawan A Williamson, 17, and Devin D. McClendon, 18 — in connection with the armed robbery.
Williamson’s bond was set at $500,000; McClendon’s bond was set at $750,000.
McClendon is currently on probation for a 2012 aggravated battery conviction.
According to deputies' reports, the robber came to the door of the business after it had closed. When the employee opened it partially to tell him they weren't open, the robber forced his way inside and put a gun to the back of that employee's head and walked him to near where the manager was standing. The gunman then handed the manager a plastic bag and put the gun to the manager's back. Duvall then started filling the bag with the cash from the drawer. After getting several hundred dollars, the gunman left.
Duvall told deputies she didn't get a good enough look to identify the robber.
After the robbery, the manager told deputies he noticed that the normally high-strung Duvall was calm throughout the robbery and had been looking out the window before the holdup. She had also left her cash drawer out on a desk instead of locking it up as she was supposed to, the manager told deputies.
After following leads all day Wednesday, investigators arrested Bragg and Duvall late Wednesday night.
Duvall was stopped as she left an Urbana motel. She initially denied being involved in the robbery but eventually said that Bragg had called her at work to say he and the other man were coming to do the robbery and that she should just give them the money. She also admitted she had left her cash drawer out to make it easier for the robbers to get the cash.
In a motel room where she had been, deputies found a box with a large amount of cash, a plastic shopping bag, a Sonic uniform shirt, and a business card that a deputy had given her at the time he responded to the holdup. The room was registered to Bragg, the report said.
Duvall remains jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond. Bond for Bragg was set at $500,000.
Both were told to be back in court Aug. 20. If convicted, they face 21 to 45 years in prison.