Champaign man faces robbery charges in hotel holdup


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URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly made off with cash from a Champaign hotel Wednesday has been charged with aggravated robbery.

A Champaign police report said Denzel Jordan, 24, of the 1400 block of Holly Hill Drive was arrested about four hours after a holdup at the Microtel Inn, 1615 Rion Drive, C.

Champaign police Lt. Bruce Ramseyer said a man came into the hotel about 6:10 p.m. and suggested he was going to check in. He presented identification that said he was Jordan and signed a form, which included information about the vehicle he was driving.

He then presented a debit card for payment, but when it was declined, he handed the clerk a note demanding money and claiming that he had killed people.

Ramseyer said the woman gave him bills and he told her to open the safe because he had a gun. When she told him she could not, he took the money and left in the car.

The hotel employee called police with a description of the vehicle, which police found at a South Neil Street restaurant after 9 p.m. Its owner, who was working at the business, told police she had allowed Jordan to borrow her car.

Police found Jordan about 10:20 p.m. walking on Green Street near Chestnut Street, just east of Neil, and arrested him. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. His arraignment was postponed from Thursday after he was taken to a local hospital.


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