Charges expected in Assembly Hall incident
CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is expected to be formally charged after allegedly trying to bring weapons into the Assembly Hall.
University of Illinois police say 64-year-old Kenneth Bergman was arrested at around 9 p.m. Saturday.
UI police Capt. Roy Acree said Bergman was talking to people outside the arena and said some suspicious things that led those people to call police.
He had claimed to be a part of the Assembly Hall security team, and when officers searched him, they found two 6-inch throwing knives, a spring-loaded expandable baton, a Taser, a can of pepper spray, a razor blade and two live rounds of ammunition.
Acree said officers had dealt with this man before.
"We are 100 percent sure that this was an isolated incident, that he was not working with anybody else, that his intentions were not to go into the Assembly Hall and harm anybody," Acree said. "It was just this person that clearly is dealing with some issues.
"Once it was discovered that he did have some weapons on him and that he also had some weapons in his vehicle, he was taken into custody, arrested, and we did tow his vehicle."
Bergman is expected to be formally charged later this week. He was also issued a no-trespassing letter.