URBANA — A 16-year-old Urbana teen faces possible time in the Department of Juvenile Justice after he pleaded guilty on Tuesday for his role in an attempted armed robbery earlier this month in Urbana.
The teen pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Assistant State's Attorney Andrea Bergstrom said the teen faces possible probation, community-based sentencing, 30 days in the youth detention center, or an undetermined amount of time with the Department of Juvenile Justice, when Judge Heidi Ladd sentences him on Jan. 18.
The teen and four men were arrested after trying to rob a man and a woman at an Urbana apartment complex on Dec. 12, and a girlfriend of one of the men was arrested when she showed up in court to see her boyfriend arraigned on Dec. 13.
Terrell Larue, 19, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Hunter Street, Urbana; Sherrick X. Cooper, 23, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Lierman Avenue, Urbana; Herbert C. Shah, 19, who listed an address in the 700 block of East Illinois Street, Urbana; and Eric D. Kirk, 25, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Grove Street, Urbana, were all charged with attempted armed robbery, residential burglary and aggravated unlawful use of weapons.
All four of them are next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 3.
Jamie Calhoun, 26, who lived in the apartment at 904 N. Broadway Ave., U, was charged with harboring a fugitive and obstructing justice.
Calhoun is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 7.
According to State's Attorney Julia Rietz, the incident started about 3:15 a.m. Dec. 12 when a woman in an apartment next door to Calhoun's called police to say that men armed with guns and knives had forced their way into her apartment looking for her boyfriend. That woman specifically named Larue as one of the intruders, Rietz said, and reported that they were hiding somewhere in the apartment complex.
Because police were there on an unrelated call, they quickly responded and found the woman's apartment door broken. Given the information that the men were armed, the officers backed off and notified the Champaign County METRO team, a multi-agency SWAT team, which then surrounded the complex for several hours.
Using a robot to search the woman's apartment, they found it empty but then figured out that it was the apartment next to Calhoun's.
A week before, Larue was wanted for the murder of Kevin Jackson, 24, of Danville, who was fatally shot in February at an apartment on Philo Road in Urbana in what police described as a drug deal that went bad.
That murder charge was dismissed by Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton, who said the witnesses could not be served with their subpoenas to come to court. They were apparently avoiding service so as not to have to testify, Rietz said.
Rietz said after the standoff with the men ended, police did a protective sweep of the apartment building and found a gun in the furnace room. They then got a search warrant and found a second gun in the furnace room, heroin in Calhoun's apartment, and a television and Xbox in Calhoun's apartment that her next-door neighbor said had been stolen from her apartment.