City man arrested for home invasion, theft


Danville police arrested a man Thursday for allegedly robbing an elderly resident earlier the same day.

Danville Police Commander Joshua Webb said offers were called at 4:36 a.m. Thursday to the 200 block of Edwards Street in reference to a home invasion that had just occurred.

Officers spoke with the 96-year-old victim, who said a man had broken through the kitchen window of the residence and demanded money while threatening him with a baseball bat.

The elderly victim said the suspect used the bat to push and poke him, and then removed an undisclosed amount of money from the victim’s wallet. The suspect then fled the scene before officers arrived.

Officers noticed there was blood at the scene and the elderly man stated it was the suspect's blood, police said. Officers learned the suspect had been cut was cut while climbing through the broken window of the residence.

Officers checked the surrounding area and located a man identified as Marcus Edwards, 52, in the 1800 block of East Main Street who was bleeding with cuts to his arms. Edwards was transported to the Danville PSB for further investigation, which resulted in Edwards being identified as the suspect involved in the home invasion.

Edwards was being held Thursday afternoon in the Danville PSB, awaiting his appearance in Vermilion County Court on charges of home invasion, aggravated battery to an elderly citizen and theft.

No injuries were reported, and the investigation continues.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Danville Police at (217) 431-2250 or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS