Two face weapons charges for gun incident in Garden Hills

Two face weapons charges for gun incident in Garden Hills

URBANA — Two young men with prior criminal convictions have been charged with a weapons offense for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman in the Garden Hills subdivision in northwest Champaign on Thursday.

The incident at the corner of Williamsburg and Thornton drives occurred about a block from where another young woman was fatally shot on the night of July 4, but police Lt. Bob Rea said he does not believe the two incidents are related.

"It is concerning, however," Rea said.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said police had a description of the car in the Thursday incident, which happened about 1:50 p.m.

After the front-seat passenger pointed a gun in the direction of a 28-year-old woman, the car left the area. The car was stopped minutes later in the 600 block of West Beardsley Avenue. As officers approached, the driver, Kendrick Rodgers, 20, got out and ran. Police chased him and arrested him about a block away.

The front seat passenger was later identified as Daveyonta L. Fairman, 17, who listed an address in the 100 block of Bellefontaine Street, Champaign.

Police found a handgun under the driver's seat.

Rietz said she charged both men Friday with aggravated unlawful use of weapons alleging that they had a gun. Neither is allowed to because of prior criminal convictions.

Rietz said Fairman is on probation in a juvenile aggravated unlawful use of weapons case. On June 8, 2011, he was seen arguing with a man in the 1300 block of North Hickory Street in Champaign while holding a gun in his hand. Police later found the gun in that same block. Fairman is also on probation for a 2010 adjudication for possession with intent to deliver cannabis for having cannabis at Rantoul Township High School in February 2010, Rietz said.

Rogers, who listed an address in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Urbana, is currently on parole for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. He was sentenced to boot camp in July 2011 and completed it, Rietz said.

Both men were expected to appear in court Friday afternoon.

Fairman's charge is a Class 4 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison.

Rogers' charge is a Class 2 felony carrying a potential prison sentence of three to 14 years.

Champaign police are continuing to investigate the July 4 shooting of Desirae Austin, 20, who was shot about 10:20 p.m. at the corner of Thornton Drive and Cruising Lane. Police say they are being stymied in their efforts by reluctant witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

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Speakerman11 wrote on July 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Que, Charlie Daniels' "Simple Man"........

whatithink wrote on July 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Boy that boot camp sure straightened that guy out, he'll never be a criminal again.  Wish someone would run for the states attorney so we could get rid of the current one who loves to let criminals go free

LocalTownie wrote on July 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Oh yeah, bulldoze my neighborhood because the homes are causing the problems, right.... Knock down the homes and the thugs just move on to another hood don't you get it??

I'm so sick and tired of reading about the South side of Garden Hills in the news. When are neighbors going to join forces with the police and clean out the riff raff? I live in the North part of Garden Hills and have great neighbors. I have several friends living on the South side who are great people who work hard and take care of their property. The whole place isn't full of criminals.

Marti Wilkinson wrote on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

According to the article the two men aren't even from Garden Hills, so the suggestion to bulldoze the entire area really doesn't make sense. The housing project that was on the corner of McKinley and Bradley has already been demolished, so no one can now pass blame on the former residents. I hope the police department tests the gun to see if it matches the bullets that killed a young woman recently, even though an officer has been quoted as saying that he believes the two situations are not related.

I live in the north part of Garden Hills and it's been a decent place to raise my daughter. There are many people who live in the area who take care of their properties and who abide by the law. The homes are moderately priced, and affordable for people who don't make a lot of money. The downside to this is there are also people who buy up houses and use them as rental properties. Some landlords are pretty good, while there are others who see the places as cash cows.

billbtri5 wrote on July 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

they both must of had FOID cards as they were not charged with that offense...

billbtri5 wrote on July 14, 2012 at 9:07 am


LocalTownie wrote on July 16, 2012 at 8:07 am

I guess you missed this part of the story:

"Rietz said she charged both men Friday with aggravated unlawful use of weapons alleging that they had a gun. Neither is allowed to because of prior criminal convictions."

So, that leads me to believe neither would have a FOID card.