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One found guilty in February robbery

  • Alphonzo E. Higgins

    Alphonzo E. Higgins

Carbondale Times
updated: 5/17/2019 7:54 PM

A Carbondale man has been found guilty of a robbery that occurred in February.

Jackson County State's Attorney Mike Carr says a Jackson County jury found Alphonzo E. Higgins, 49, guilty of the crime following a two-day jury trial that concluded May 14.

According to Carr, shortly after midnight on Feb. 1, two Carbondale residents walked to an ATM on East Main Street in Carbondale to withdraw cash. Higgins and another male watched as they made the ATM transaction and then followed them for approximately two blocks to an apartment building at 300 S. Marion St., where one of them resided. 

Upon arrival at the apartment building, Higgins and his accomplice attacked the two victims and took cash from them as they attempted to get inside the building.  The Carbondale Police Department obtained video surveillance from both the bank and the apartment building that captured the incident and were able to identify both Higgins and his accomplice as the attackers through those videos.  

The offense of robbery was enhanced to a Class X felony due to the defendant's prior convictions and carries a maximum sentencing range of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The defendant will remain in custody at the Jackson County Jail without bond awaiting sentencing. The accomplice awaits trial.

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