URBANA — A Champaign man who was in a car with a loaded gun Monday night in north Champaign has been criminally charged.
Bernard N. Jones, 18, who listed an address in the 600 block of North Phillips Drive, was a passenger in a car stopped by Champaign police about 9:15 p.m.
Sgt. Dave Griffet said officers received a call that there was a suspicious man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a bandanna over his face in a parking lot in the Town Center Apartments in the 2400 block of North Neil Street.
When police arrived, a person pointed out a car that the suspicious man was believed to be in.
Police stopped the car and under the passenger seat where Jones was sitting was a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. The serial number was obliterated by holes that had been drilled in the gun, Griffet said.
Jones was charged Tuesday with possession of a defaced firearm and four counts of aggravated unlawful use of weapons. The latter charges allege he had the gun uncased, loaded, and immediately accessible at a time when he was not in his own home and did not have a valid firearm owner's identification card.
If convicted of the most serious of the unlawful use of weapons charges, Jones faces one to three years in prison.
Griffet said the woman who was driving the car was issued a notice to appear on a city ordinance violation for allegedly possessing drug paraphernalia.
Jones was ordered to be back in court March 12.