Confrontation over missing items leads to two arrests

MAHOMET — A Mahomet man who reportedly tried to take the law into his own hands by allegedly restraining and threatening two men he believed had stolen items from his home was arrested Saturday. One of the two men he accused was also arrested.

Champaign County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Shaw said deputies were called to the home of Randy McCormick, 51, on County Road 600 E, about 1 p.m. Saturday.

They found two men in chairs, their wrists bound with duct tape. The men had been employed to lay flooring at McCormick’s home and had been there Friday and Saturday, Shaw said.

Believing that the men had stolen from him, McCormick, assisted by the man who had employed the floor layers, confronted the two men.

Shaw said deputies ended up arresting Travis Evans, 28, of Arcola, and a 29-year-old man from Tuscola, for theft.

After initial interviews with them, the two men alleged that McCormick coerced them, threatened them with a gun and duct taped their hands together. The 29-year-old also said he had been beaten during the confrontation. He had facial injuries and blood around his nose and mouth that gave credence to his story, Shaw said.

Shaw said Evans admitted that he alone had taken a $100 VISA gift card, $50 cash and a $400 bottle of whiskey from McCormick’s house on Friday. He was arrested for theft and the other man released.

Deputies went back later Saturday afternoon and arrested McCormick for unlawful restraint, aggravated assault and battery to the Tuscola man. Shaw said McCormick and the man identified as the employer for the floor layers denied using a gun or any coercion on Evans and the other man. The employer was not arrested.

McCormick and Evans were expected to make court appearances Sunday.

The state’s attorney’s office will review the report Monday to see what, if any charges, should be filed against the men.

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