Police arrest man for armed robbery

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Updated: Monday, December 2, 11:35 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Police have arrested the man in connection to a recent armed robbery to the Circle K gas station.

Derrick Cox, 48 of Champaign, was arrested at around 10:30 a.m. on December 2 at the intersection of Hedge Road and Bradley Avenue following a brief foot pursuit.

Police took a pellet gun away from Cox.

The robbery happened on November 26, 2019, at around 3:05 a.m.

Police say Cox entered the store and looked around before making a small purchase.

He then waved a black pistol and told the clerk to give him the money from the register. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled on foot.

Cox was arrested for the offense of Armed Robbery and Resisting Arrest. Cox also had two outstanding arrest warrants from Champaign and McLean County.

Cox was taken to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone who may have additional information about this armed robbery is encouraged to contact police at 217-351-4545. If you wish to remain anonymous you may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

Original: Tuesday, November 26, 3:39 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are asking the public for help to identify a wanted armed robber.

Tuesday morning, at approximately 3:05 a.m., Champaign Police were called to the Circle K gas station in the 1500 block of North Neil Street for a report of an armed robbery. That’s near I-74.

The preliminary investigation indicated the suspect entered the store and looked at various merchandise before making a small purchase.

The suspect then brandished a black pistol, pointed it at the clerk, and told the clerk to give him the money from the register.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot to the north.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 30’s, approximately 5’08”-5’10” tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with light green sleeves, a white horizontal striped shirt underneath, black pants, and brown boots.

Anyone who may have information about this armed robbery is encouraged to contact police at 217351-4545.

If you wish to remain anonymous you may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

Champaign Police reminds citizens information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

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