Suspect in ISU robbery was unarmed
NORMAL, Apr 02, 2012 (The Pantagraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A 19-year-old Illinois State University student man has been charged with armed robbery -- despite statements from police that the suspect did not have a weapon.
Lloyd Windham of Shiloh is charged with armed robbery related to the theft of a cellphone on campus early Sunday morning.
"Our initial report indicated the suspect was armed. We reviewed the video and did not see a firearm," said ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff on Monday morning.
Windham was arrested about 5 a.m., approximately an hour after the incident, after he checked into his room at Waterson Towers.
Woodruff said a security video camera captured the incident, including a "distinctive design" on the suspect's sweatshirt. Windham later was seen on a security video as he entered the residence hall while wearing a sweatshirt with the same design, Woodruff said.
According to Woodruff, Windham confessed to everything, but he was adamant he didn't have a gun.
Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman said the charges were based on initial police reports.
"We charged armed robbery because the information we had is that the suspect displayed a handgun and said "I'm going to take it," referring to a cellphone taken in the robbery, said Workman.
Because ISU officials originally believed the suspect was armed, students, faculty and staff were notified via the Illinois State Emergency Text Alert System of a report of an armed robbery at the College Avenue and Main Street underpass.
In a statement on the ISU website on Sunday, ISU President Al Bowman described the threat to the ISU campus as "minimal" and praised the work of ISU police in apprehending a suspect quickly.
Windham was jailed in lieu of posting $10,025.
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