CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating two possibly related incidents in northwest Champaign that resulted in people being hurt. But police have little to go on.
Just after midnight Thursday, police were called to a gas station in the 1200 block of North Mattis Avenue, where two clerks reported they had been battered by an unknown group of five men.
Sgt. Dave Griffet said one store employee said he was outside when he was hit on the head. The other clerk came to his aid and reportedly pulled out a pocket knife in defense of himself and the other man when he was also struck on the face.
The victims said that no one was stabbed in the altercation.
About 50 minutes later, police were sent to the corner of Thornton and Williamsburg drives in the nearby Garden Hills subdivision where a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed.
Griffet said the teen refused to give police any information as to how he had been hurt. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital by ambulance for what Griffet said was a non-life threatening injury. Griffet said he did not know who called for help for the youth.
On the Fourth of July, just a block away, 20-year-old Desirae Austin of Champaign was fatally shot, apparently in crossfire. Police have said that people who were present have been reluctant to help them with the investigation by sharing information.
Neither Mrs. Austin nor the teen who was found stabbed there early Friday lived in that neighborhood, police said.
It was that same intersection where the teen was found Friday where two young men allegedly pulled a gun on a young woman about 1:50 p.m. on July 12.
Kendrick Rodgers, 20, of Urbana, and Daveyonta Fairman, 17, of Champaign, have been criminally charged in connection with the July 12 incident, while police are still looking for the person or persons responsible for Mrs. Austin's death.