DECATUR — Javonne D. Russell has pleaded not guilty after prosecutors said he robbed a Decatur woman of $1,200 and hit her so hard he lacerated her mouth and fractured her jaw.
Russell, 20, was arraigned in Macon County Circuit Court by Judge Phoebe Bowers, who found probable cause for him to stand trial on charges of robbery and aggravated battery involving great bodily harm.
A sworn police affidavit said the robbery happened on the afternoon of April 11 while Russell was visiting the home of the victim on the city's northeast side.
Writing in the affidavit, officer Brad Saul said Russell had saw his opportunity for robbery when the victim pulled out a bank envelope with $1,200, intending to give some to her daughter.
“(The victim) told DPD officers that Russell observed the money in the bank envelope and then grabbed the money by force out of her hand and took it from her,” Saul said in the affidavit.
Russell fled on foot with the victim in hot pursuit, the affidavit said.
" ... Russell stopped, turned around, pulled something black out of his pocket and struck her on the left side of her face with some kind of hard object he had in his hand,” Saul said in the affidavit. “(The victim) fell to the ground and Russell took off.”
The woman was taken to HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, where an emergency room doctor told police she had suffered a “severe laceration to the inside of her left cheek” and an open fracture to her left jaw that needed surgery to repair.
The affidavit said police found and arrested Russell on Sept 5. He is being held in the Macon County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. Bowers scheduled a pretrial hearing for Nov. 27 before Judge Thomas Griffith.