DECATUR – Two Decatur men are facing Class X felony charges punishable by up to 45 years in prison, for allegedly robbing a woman of her car at gunpoint, while promising her they would reward her with some marijuana.
The victim reported that after she listed her vehicle for sale, four males came to her near-northside residence about 3 p.m. Jan. 23.
“After test driving the vehicle, the suspects returned to the residence where two of the suspects displayed small black semiautomatic handguns and threatened to shoot her if she did not 'sell' them the vehicle in exchange for cannabis,” said an affidavit by a Decatur patrol officer.
The woman agreed to accept the marijuana for her vehicle “out of fear for her safety.” The males “did not actually provide her with the cannabis, and all four got into her vehicle and left,” the victim told police.
Officers located the woman's car, parked in the 300 block of North 18th Street, about 1:20 a.m. Jan. 25.
“The vehicle was occupied by Courtney Vaughn, 21, who was seated in the front passenger seat,” the affidavit said. Vaughn told police the name of a 17-year-old male who had been driving the vehicle and was in a nearby residence.
As officers processed the scene, the 17-year-old and Andre D. Miller, 24, exited from the residence.
Miller told police his cousins had purchased the vehicle, and he “was supposed to drive them somewhere because he has a license.”
A witness told police Vaughn and the 17-year-old brought the vehicle to the 18th Street residence to pick up Miller. That witness said Miller was “seen in that same vehicle on several occasions recently.”
The victim was taken to the scene, where she identified the males “as three of the subjects who had robbed her of the vehicle at gunpoint.”
Police found a digital scale with cocaine residue in the vehicle.
Vaughn and Miller were arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, where they are being held on bonds of $30,000 and $50,000, respectively. They were each arraigned Tuesday on three felony counts: Class X aggravated vehicular hijacking, vehicular hijacking and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.
Miller previously served a two-year prison sentence in a 2009 Class X home invasion case, in which Miller and another male entered a woman's apartment, punched her in her nose, put a pillow over her face and stole money from her purse. Miller pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
The 17 year-old-male and a 16-year-old male were both arrested and detained at the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center.
Miller and Vaughn are due in court Feb. 15 for preliminary hearings.