Teen arrested following gun incident in Champaign

Teen arrested following gun incident in Champaign

UPDATED 6:40 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — One man was arrested and a second man ticketed following an incident involving a gun Thursday afternoon in Champaign.

According to a Champaign police report, a 28-year-old woman reported that a man who was sitting in the front passenger seat of a silver car pointed a gun at her in the area of Williamsburg Drive and Thornton Drive at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday. The car then drove away.

Champaign police then found a car matching the description provided by the woman in the 600 block of West Beardsley Avenue.

As police approached the car, the 20-year-old driver, later identified as Kendrick Rogers of Urbana, left the vehicle and ran off. Police found Rogers in the 600 block of West Bradley Avenue and arrested him.

Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said police also detained three other men who had been passengers in the car. During a search of the car, police found a handgun under the driver’s seat.

Police arrested Daveyonta Fairman, 17, of Champaign for unlawful use of weapons and took him to the Champaign County Jail.

Police ticketed Rogers for driving without a license and then released Rogers and the other two passengers, who were not identified by police.

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Joe American wrote on July 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

This occurred 420' from where Desirae Austin was murdered on July 4th. 


Sid Saltfork wrote on July 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Coincidence, or intimidation?

cateyes wrote on July 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

WoW! maybe the neighborhood doesn't have a problem talking to the police, maybe they are scared of things like this happening. So very scary

LocalTownie wrote on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

Anyone who wants to suggest that the Fourth of July Fireworks location caused the murder that happened last week needs to rethink their opinion. Gun violence/crime happens in that area ALL the time. I live on the other side of Garden Hills and I can't tell you how often we hear a bang or pop from the other side of the tracks and ask each other, "was that gunfire?" Something needs to be done. And don't get started on a gun control rant, I can almost guarantee you that these crimes are not being committed by FOID card holders.

Joe American wrote on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

It would be ludicrous to think that "the Fourth of July Fireworks location" - or any other location for that matter - was a cause of these incidents.  Locations don't murder fellow citizens.  Perhaps the point was too vague, but one week after a girl was shot to death, found laying in the street at the intersection of Crusing & Thornton, another girl was threatened at gunpoint at the corner of Thornton and Williamsburg, approximately 420' from the first incident.  The similarities are too overwhelming to just write it off as "coincindence".  Sid got it.

Surely the police have all the bases covered and did balistics tests on the weapon recovered.