A Bloomington man allegedly barged into an East Peoria trailer home, ordered its resident to turn over his money and cut him with a knife this week.
Michael Foster, 25, told police he was accosted and defended himself in the home where he had come to buy marijuana, but he now faces years in prison if convicted of home invasion and attempted armed robbery.
Foster remained in custody on $50,000 bond Friday, a day after he was charged with those crimes as well as aggravated battery and misdemeanor criminal damage to property.
Zachary Alt, 19, told police Tuesday that he heard a knocking noise outside of his home at 1449 Meadow Ave., Trailer 10. Before he could open the door, Foster — who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 300 pounds — barged in armed with a steak knife and demanded his money, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Alt began to wrestle with Foster and was quickly joined by his two brothers. After they managed to push Foster out of the trailer and he drove away at a high speed from the trailer park, Alt realized he had been cut by the knife above his right eye and found two tires on his car had been punctured, the affidavit stated.
As a police officer spoke with the three brothers, he learned that Metamora police had stopped Foster at a fast-food restaurant in that village.
Foster told the officer he had gone to the trailer to buy marijuana and was “jumped” by three men, the affidavit stated.
With details he added in another police interview Thursday, Foster said he saw marijuana and a knife laying on a bed when he arrived at Alt’s home. After he threw $500 onto the bed, the men jumped him. He grabbed the knife and managed to get outside, where he punctured the tires with the knife.
He then re-entered the home and punched Alt with the hand that was holding the knife, he said.
He is next due in court on July 27.
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