According to the News-Gazette, Two men were charged Monday with attempted armed robbery for allegedly forcing their way into a Paxton man’s apartment with the intent of robbing him of cash and a video game console.
Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said Matthew M. Williams, 18, of rural Paxton, and Tyler R. Davis, 23, of rural Penfield, allegedly forced their way into 122 1/2 S. Market St., Apt. C, on Thursday night looking to rob one of the apartment’s tenants, Austin R. Jennings.
The 21-year-old Jennings, however, wasn’t there. Instead, he was at the Ford County Jail.
Jennings was arrested at 3:10 p.m. earlier that day after Paxton police found hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in his apartment while assisting the Ford County Probation Office with a checkup on Jennings, Bane said.
About five hours later, Paxton police responded to a 911 call from Jennings’ girlfriend, who said two men — later identified as Davis and Williams — had forced their way into the Market Street apartment. She said the men were looking for Jennings, and when they found out he wasn’t there, they threatened her with a baseball bat as they demanded cash and/or a video game console, Bane said.
The robbers left when the woman called 911, Bane said. Nothing was stolen from the apartment, and the woman was not injured, Bane added.