Urbana man arrested after being found with gun in Douglass Park

Urbana man arrested after being found with gun in Douglass Park

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man has been arrested after allegedly being found with a handgun at Douglass Park.

According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to the 900 block of North Fourth Street at 3:58 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of an armed man in that area who was walking into Douglass Park in the direction of Booker T. Washington STEM Academy.

Since the man was not far from the school, police asked that it be placed on lockdown.

When officers arrived, they found two people in the park, one of whose clothing matched a description they had been given.

Officers arrested Tevontae Ross, 20, who listed an address in Urbana, on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and recovered a handgun from him.

Police said no information indicates that the school was in immediate danger.

Ross, whose is also listed in court records with a first name spelled Tevonetae, is currently on probation for two separate convictions about six months apart last year. On May 8, 2018, he pleaded guilty to felony theft in a Feb. 25 break-in at a home in northwest Champaign. On Oct. 29, he pleaded guilty to burglary in a May 25 incident in which he entered a parked car while its owner was inside a nearby business.

He also has prior juvenile adjudications for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful use of a credit card and unlawful use of weapons.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at 217-351-4545 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or 373tips.com or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.

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