Four people were indicted for aggravated riot last week following an investigation into two incidents from late last month.
A Champaign County grand jury indicted Johnathan T. Robinson, Chancellor D. Miley, Jacob D. Warren, and Zachary R. Keeler on multiple charges.
According to information from the Urbana Police Division, on April 29 at 11:07 p.m., officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Kroger, 1637 E. U.S. Route 36, in reference to an assault complaint. The reporting person advised dispatchers that five male individuals assaulted two males in the parking lot and also advised that one of the male individuals brandished a firearm during the assault.
Officers responded to the parking lot and located a 38-year-old male lying on the ground near a vehicle. He reportedly had multiple injuries and was transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital by private vehicle.
Once treated at the hospital the male was found to have serious physical injuries. Officers interviewed him and additional witnesses about the assault.
An investigation showed the male, a 20-year-old female and two 15-year-old males went to the Kroger parking lot to meet another group over a money disagreement.
The other group, comprised of one 17-year-old male, two 16-year-old males, one 15-year-old male, and a 20-year-old female arrived and walked up to the male victim.
The 17-year-old male and one of the 16 year-old males assaulted the 38-year-old male, knocking him against a vehicle and eventually to the ground. Once on the ground, it was alleged the male victim was kicked and punched multiple times.
It was reported that the 17-year-old brandished a gun as he left the area of the assault. Officers continued to locate and interview witnesses as part of the investigation into April 30, 2017. Officers were able to locate and interview some of the juveniles involved in the alleged assault and were seeking to interview the others as their criminal investigation continued into the weekend.
On April 30 at 8:02 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of South Kenton Street on a report that a juvenile was hit by a car. Officers responded to the area but did not locate a vehicle or injured individual. Officers observed a group of approximately 10 males walking in the 400 block of South Kenton Street.
Officers spoke with the group and found one male bleeding. Officers asked if the male, later identified as Miley, was hit by a vehicle.
Miley denied being struck by a vehicle and refused to cooperate with officers attempting to investigate the accident. The group of males with Miley also refused to cooperate with officers and walked away.
As officers attempted to gather information at the scene of the accident, they were told by a passer-by that the group of males were observed going to the 300 block of Hill Street to seek revenge against an occupant of the vehicle that was reportedly involved in the accident.
Officers responded and observed the group of males leaving the immediate area. Officers interviewed witnesses that stated the group of males came to a residence in the 300 block of Hill Street. The group of males allegedly threatened to harm the occupants of the residence and to shoot at the residence and the surrounding neighborhood.
Witnesses identified Robinson and a 16-year-old male as the two subjects who threatened to shoot at the residence and neighborhood.
While in the 300 block of Hill Street, officers were advised the driver and occupant of the vehicle involved in the original accident were at the Urbana Police Division to report the incident.
At 8:18 p.m., a call was placed to the Champaign County Dispatch Center requesting a medic unit be sent to the 200 block of North Kenton Street, in reference to an 18-year-old male with a head injury. Officers responded with a medic unit from the Urbana Fire Division and spoke with Miley and the group of males again.
Miley and the group of males continued to not cooperate with officers and refused to give information about Miley’s injury. Miley was transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital by the Urbana Fire Division for treatment. He was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, for treatment of his injuries.
Officers were able to interview the driver and occupant of the vehicle in addition to witnesses who observed the incident that took place in the 200-block of South Kenton Street. An investigation showed the driver and occupant of the vehicle were parked in the 200-block of South Kenton Street when a 16-year-old male came running up to the vehicle and struck the passenger of the vehicle, a 21-year-old male, with a large piece of wood.
This 16-year-old male was the same who later threatened to shoot at residences in the 300-block of Hill Street.
The group of males then reportedly surrounded the vehicle and would not allow the driver to drive away. The group of males were allegedly threatening the occupants of the vehicle, striking the vehicle and attempting to assault the occupants as they surrounded the car.
The driver reportedly yelled for the group to move from in front of the vehicle, but the group would not move. The driver then drove forward to get away from the group of males and further assault, striking Miley who was in front of the vehicle.
Interviewing the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger was found to have a minor injury from being assaulted with the piece of wood but was not medically treated for injury.
During the initial investigation, four juveniles and three adults were identified from the group of males.
Those seven individuals were arrested including Robinson, Miley and Warren. Through further investigation, an additional male Keeler was identified as being involved and was later charged.
The four juveniles, a 13-year-old male, a 15-year-old male, a 16-year-old male, and a 17-year-old male were taken to the Central Ohio Youth Center and ordered into the Champaign County Juvenile Court. The 16-year-old juvenile and 17-year-old juvenile were also the two juveniles who allegedly assaulted the male in the Kroger parking lot on April 29.
All four juveniles were held on the following charges stemming from the incident at the Kroger parking lot and the incident in the 200-block of South Kenton Street:
•The 17-year-old male was charged with four counts of intimidation, two counts each of felonious assault, aggravated riot, disorderly conduct and one count of aggravated menacing.
•The 16-year-old male was charged with one count of felonious assault and two counts each of aggravated riot and disorderly conduct.
•The 15-year-old male was charged with two counts each of aggravated riot and disorderly conduct.
The investigation from the 200-block of South Kenton Street was presented to the Champaign County grand jury last Thursday and as a result of the grand jury review the following individuals were indicted for their alleged conduct in the incident:
•Robinson, 18, of 418 W. Washington St., Springfield, four counts of menacing, two counts each of aggravated menacing, unlawful restraint and one count each of aggravated riot and telecommunications harassment.
•Miley, 18, of 620 Jackson Hill Road, Urbana, two counts each of aggravated menacing, menacing, unlawful restraint and one count of aggravated riot.
•Warren, 18, of 418 W. Washington St., Springfield, two counts each of aggravated menacing, menacing, unlawful restraint and one count of aggravated riot.
•Keeler, 18, of 117 W. Reynolds St., Urbana, two counts each of aggravated menacing, menacing, unlawful restraint and one count of aggravated riot.
The four adults who were indicted are scheduled to appear in court for arraignment hearings on May 17.
The Urbana Police Division is continuing to investigate both incidents and ask anyone with information about either incident to call Urbana Police at 937-652-14350.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.