URBANA — Two Peoria men have pleaded innocent in connection with the armed robbery of a University of Illinois student.
John K. Williamson, 28, who listed an address in Peoria, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony armed robbery. He is being held at the Champaign County jail on $500,000 bond.
Marvino R. Mister, 23, who listed an address in Peoria, pleaded innocent on Friday to felony armed robbery. He is being held at the Champaign County jail on $500,000 bond.
Pretrial hearings for both men have been set for May 29.
According to a police report, both Williamson and Mister were seen on a security camera at Par-a-Dice Casino in East Peoria near a craps table where a 22-year-old Champaign man had won $23,000 on April 11, with one of the men seen following the victim. The two men were identified by the ID they produced when they entered the casino.
On April 12, the victim and two friends returned to Champaign from East Peoria. The victim had put $2,300 of his money in a money clip in his pocket, with the rest in the glove compartment.
At about 6 a.m. April 12, the victim had arrived in the underground parking garage of an apartment building in the 500 block of South Third Street in Champaign and was reaching to get his money out of the glove compartment when a man approached him with a silver gun and demanded the money, police said.
After the victim handed the gunman the $2,300 from the money clip, the robber threatened to shoot him if he didn't give him the rest of the money, police said.
When a car suddenly pulled in the garage, the robber ran off before getting any more money.
Police said the two men's parole agents helped them find Williamson and Mister.