Man accused in blow dart attacks charged with felony
CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting two people with blow darts earlier this month has been charged with a felony.
The Champaign County state's attorney's office Friday filed two counts of aggravated battery against Todd Farthing, 19, who listed an address in the 900 block of Berwick Drive, Champaign.
Acting on a tip, police arrested Farthing, who also listed an address in Macon, at Parkland College on Thursday where he is a student.
He's charged with shooting a 21-year-old woman with a dart in the left forearm as she was walking north on Fourth Street crossing John Street about 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20. He's also charged with striking a second person, a 35-year-old Urbana man who was walking east on Springfield Avenue crossing First Street, with a blow dart in the forearm about 10 p.m. that same day.
Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said police received three anonymous tips that sent them to Farthing's home Thursday. They talked to his roommate, who had found a blow dart on their kitchen floor but threw it away. Police recovered that one from the trash and found a second one.
When they talked to Farthing, he initially denied having a blow gun but later admitted that he had purchased one recently but threw it away. He admitted being in a car with other people on Aug. 20 and shooting the blow dart gun out the window but said he didn't mean to hit anyone.
However, Bennett said police also located a woman who was in the car who said Farthing made a comment that indicated he knew he had hit the woman with the dart.
Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to five years in prison upon conviction. The charges allege that the victims were struck as they walked on a public way. Both were treated and released from Carle Hospital. Police recovered those darts as evidence.
Judge Richard Klaus set bond for Farthing at $5,000 and told him to be back in court with his attorney Walter Ding of Champaign on Oct. 8.