URBANA — Two young men with prior criminal convictions have been charged with a weapons offense for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman in the Garden Hills subdivision in northwest Champaign on Thursday.
The incident at the corner of Williamsburg and Thornton drives occurred about a block from where another young woman was fatally shot on the night of July 4, but police Lt. Bob Rea said he does not believe the two incidents are related.
"It is concerning, however," Rea said.
Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said police had a description of the car in the Thursday incident, which happened about 1:50 p.m.
After the front-seat passenger pointed a gun in the direction of a 28-year-old woman, the car left the area. The car was stopped minutes later in the 600 block of West Beardsley Avenue. As officers approached, the driver, Kendrick Rodgers, 20, got out and ran. Police chased him and arrested him about a block away.
The front seat passenger was later identified as Daveyonta L. Fairman, 17, who listed an address in the 100 block of Bellefontaine Street, Champaign.
Police found a handgun under the driver's seat.
Rietz said she charged both men Friday with aggravated unlawful use of weapons alleging that they had a gun. Neither is allowed to because of prior criminal convictions.
Rietz said Fairman is on probation in a juvenile aggravated unlawful use of weapons case. On June 8, 2011, he was seen arguing with a man in the 1300 block of North Hickory Street in Champaign while holding a gun in his hand. Police later found the gun in that same block. Fairman is also on probation for a 2010 adjudication for possession with intent to deliver cannabis for having cannabis at Rantoul Township High School in February 2010, Rietz said.
Rogers, who listed an address in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Urbana, is currently on parole for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. He was sentenced to boot camp in July 2011 and completed it, Rietz said.
Both men were expected to appear in court Friday afternoon.
Fairman's charge is a Class 4 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison.
Rogers' charge is a Class 2 felony carrying a potential prison sentence of three to 14 years.
Champaign police are continuing to investigate the July 4 shooting of Desirae Austin, 20, who was shot about 10:20 p.m. at the corner of Thornton Drive and Cruising Lane. Police say they are being stymied in their efforts by reluctant witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477.