PC Chapple Clark-Lindsey charge

Emmanuel Chapple, 34, of Champaign, charged Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, with being an armed habitual criminal in an incident the day before where he allegedly threatened staff at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana if they didn't help him find a woman there.

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URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly threatened to harm staff at an Urbana retirement home if they didn’t find a woman for him has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal.

The Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Emmanuel Chapple, 34, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Sandalwood Drive, with the Class X felony. If convicted, he faces between six and 30 years in prison.

Judge John Kennedy set Chapple’s bond at $500,000 and told him to be back in court Sept. 26 for a probable-cause hearing.

Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCallum said Urbana police were called to Clark-Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, about 3:20 p.m. Monday for a report of an armed man.

“He came in trying to find a woman who worked there. He was entering residents’ rooms, demanding that staff find the woman,” McCallum said, synopsizing the Urbana police report.

McCallum said a witness told police that Chapple said: “Don’t do anything stupid or I’ll put a bullet in your head.”

Staff members reported that they saw what appeared to be the handle of a gun in his waistband. When police arrested Chapple, they found a .38-caliber handgun in the back of his waistband, McCallum said.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said police learned that Chapple likely arrived on a stolen motorized scooter and had confronted an employee about finding the woman. He then continued to the dining area and helped himself to a drink from a soda machine before being confronted by officers.

Police ask anyone who had contact with him Monday and has not already spoken to them to contact them to give a statement.

Chapple is on parole for a 2017 conviction for aggravated battery. He was released a year ago after serving about half of his three-year sentence.

He has other convictions that qualify him to be charged as an armed habitual criminal, including unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in 2005 and 2009, as well as aggravated battery to a police officer in 2011.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is mschenk@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).