Urbana man faces several charges in home invasion where resident was shot at


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URBANA — An Urbana man who recently paroled has been charged in a Monday home invasion in which the intruder fired a gun at one of the elderly residents.

Raul M. Ybarra, 22, appeared in arraignment court Thursday, where he was charged with home invasion, burglary to a vehicle and unlawful use of weapons by a felon on parole.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles and Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Ybarra, who was recently paroled on a 2016 conviction for aggravated robbery, was arrested Tuesday after being found at the Illinois Terminal with a loaded gun.

Rietz said the handgun was stolen April 1 from a car that had Ybarra's fingerprints in it, and the gun was consistent with the one used in Monday's home invasion.

It had seven rounds in it when it was stolen, Rietz said, and six when it was recovered.

One shot was fired during the home invasion, which happened around 12:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Vine Street, after the residents were roused by a noise in the kitchen, Rietz said.

The intruder allegedly threatened the 72-year-old woman, who Rietz said initially declined to give him her car keys.

Rietz said Ybarra then allegedly fired at the woman and shoved her down, after which she handed over the keys.

Rietz said the intruder then took various electronics, cash and credit cards and drove off in the couple's red 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

The van still hasn't been found, Urbana police said.

A bullet shell at the scene matched the ammunition from the stolen gun, Rietz said, and the woman picked Ybarra out of a photo lineup.

If convicted of the Class X charge of home invasion, Ybarra faces an extended sentence of up to 60 years in prison because of the age of the victim. He faces two to 10 years if convicted of vehicle burglary and three to 14 years if convicted of the weapons charge, Rietz said.

Ybarra has prior adult convictions for unlawful use of credit cards, phone harassment and public indecency, and juvenile adjudications for burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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Paul Wood retired as a reporter in 2019 after 38 years with The News-Gazette.

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