Police arrest man in connection with blow dart incidents

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign police have arrested a man in connection with two incidents in which pedestrians were hit with blow darts last week.

After receiving an anonymous tip, police located Todd Farthing, 19, who listed an address in Macon, at Parkland College, according to a news release. He was arrested after being interviewed by detectives at the Champaign police department. He is a student at Parkland.

Farthing was booked in to the Champaign County jail at 11 a.m. Thursday on a preliminary charge of reckless conduct and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

The first incident happened at about 8:25 p.m. Aug. 20, when a University of Illinois student was walking in the cross walk on the east side of Fourth Street at John Street when she was struck by a blow dart in the left forearm.

The second incident happend about 90 minutes later in the 300 block of South First Street.

A 35-year-old Urbana man was walking east on the north side of Springfield Avenue crossing First Street when he felt a sharp pain in his left forearm that turned out to be a dart. That man also did not see any suspects or vehicles in the area.

Both victims were treated at Carle Foundation Hospital.

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whatithink wrote on August 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

That's all,  class A misdemeanor?  He could've seriously injured a person.  What if he would've shot them in the eye or something?  Hope he gets kicked out of Parkland for this.  He needs help, maybe physciatric help?

Orbiter wrote on August 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Let's wait until he's actually convicted of something before sentencing him.

speakn truth wrote on August 30, 2013 at 7:08 am

If this guy was black he would be charged with attempted murder. I have a dream that black people will stop being hated! WE LOVE YOU TRAYVON, WE LOVE YOU!

asparagus wrote on August 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

Trayvon was shot because he was beating a hipanic man to death -- a smaller and less muscular man than he.  He was not some sweet boy hunted down and shot because he was black.  While his death was a tragedy, let's keep the facts straight!