UPDATE: SWAT unit aids in Urbana arrest on gun charge

UPDATE: SWAT unit aids in Urbana arrest on gun charge


URBANA — An Urbana man who had been wanted for a gun-related offense was arrested in that city Thursday night with the help of the METRO SWAT unit.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said that about 7 p.m. he learned that Robert E. Moore, 30, of the 1200 block of West Church Street was hanging out in a nearby block with friends.

Griffet had a warrant for Moore's arrest charging him with being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of weapons by a felon. Those charges stemmed from an incident last week.

About 10:10 p.m. on April 14, shots were fired from a moving sport utility vehicle in the area of Sixth Street and Beardsley Avenue in Champaign. No one was hit, Griffet said, but police recovered shell casings.

Griffet said the person seen leaning out the SUV window firing the shots was identified as Moore.

On Tuesday, a judge issued an arrest warrant for Moore in connection with that incident.

Griffet said when he turned onto Church Street Thursday night, Moore and another man ran into a neighbor's house in the 1100 block of West Church Street and refused to come out.

Griffet said he then obtained a search warrant from a judge and contacted the METRO SWAT unit, which surrounded the house.

Moore eventually emerged about 10:30 p.m., followed shortly after by Jansen McNeal, 23, of the 4600 block of Copper Ridge Road, Champaign.

McNeal was wanted for questioning in connection with a domestic battery that allegedly happened in Champaign last month.

On Friday, McNeal was charged with aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery stemming from that March 8 incident with a 21-year-old Champaign woman.

Moore was expected to be arraigned on the armed habitual criminal and weapons charges as well as an outstanding warrant for aggravated battery. In that case, Moore is alleged to have struck a clerk at a convenience store in the 700 block of North Neil Street in Champaign on Aug. 23.


URBANA — Officers from the METRO SWAT unit were called out Thursday to help in the arrest of two men wanted by police who barricaded themselves in an Urbana home.

A release from Urbana police said officers from Champaign and Urbana tried to stop  a man wanted on several warrants in the 1000 block of West Church Street, Urbana, around 8 p.m.

As they approached, two men ran into a house. Police surrounded it and for more than an hour tried to coax the men out using a "loud hailer." 

Both men finally came out.

They were identified as Robert E. Moore, 30, of  the 1200 block of West Church Street, Urbana, wanted on warrants for the offenses of being an amed habitual criminal and aggravated battery, and Jansen McNeal, 23, of the 900 block of Pomona Drive, Champaign, wanted in connection with a pending Champaign police investigation.

McNeal was arrested on preliminary charges of domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic violence.

Police had a search warrant for the house. 

Both men  are expected to make initial court appearances Friday afternoon.

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