URBANA – Four teens from Rantoul and Gifford have been charged in connection with the beating of a Thomasboro man that occurred last month.
Rantoul police detective Justin Bouse said the victim, 22, sustained broken facial bones in the Feb. 23 attack for which he had to have surgery.
Arrested Tuesday by Bouse were Eric Broadway, 19, and Kevin Broadway, 17, brothers who list an address in the 1700 block of Gleason Drive, Rantoul; Cole Carpenter, 19, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Harper Drive, Rantoul; and Michael Rademacher, 18, of Gifford.
All four were arraigned Wednesday on charges of aggravated battery and criminal trespass to residence. Rademacher was also charged with an additional count of misdemeanor battery.
Bouse said the victim was at his grandparents' home in the 500 block of Eden Park Drive in Rantoul on Feb. 23 when the four men came there looking for another man who had already left. When the group arrived, the men came in the house uninvited. The victim and another man there with him got into an argument that escalated into the four men beating the two who were already present. The man whose face was badly injured knew the attackers and identified them for police. The other man wasn't injured as seriously as the first, Bouse said.
Judge John Kennedy set bond for each at $2,500. Kevin Broadway was ordered to be back with an attorney March 14. The other three had their cases set for April 10 before Judge Tom Difanis. All were ordered to have no contact with the victims.