Category: Police Department Press Releases

Police Continue to Seek Suspect in September 12 Bank Robbery – Regions Bank

Champaign Police have received a number of tips associated with the September 12 bank robbery of Regions Bank (111 S. State St.) and request additional support to locate the suspect, 38-year-old Derek L. Watson of Champaign. A more recent photo of Watson is being provided to aid in citizen identification. According to reports, Watson entered […]

Downtown Road Closures this Weekend – Pygmalion Festival

Champaign Police provides this notice of street closures and parking limitations this weekend, from 6:00AM Friday, September 22 – 5:00 AM Sunday, September 24: Main St. will be closed between Chestnut and Walnut. The circle drive and business parking off Chestnut and Main will be open. The intersection of Taylor St. & Market St. will be […]

Police Investigate Overnight Shooting – 900 Block of Pomona Drive

This morning, at approximately 2:57AM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the 900 Block of Pomona Dr. after receiving multiple reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police identified a 25-year-old female victim who had been shot during an argument with a nearby resident. The victim was transported to an area hospital for what appears to be […]

UPDATE: Suspect Identified in September 12 Bank Robbery

Champaign Police have identified 38-year-old Derek L. Watson of Champaign as the primary suspect in a robbery that took place yesterday at Regions Bank (111 S. State St). Bank staff reported that a suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.  An undetermined amount of currency was given before the suspect […]

Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Bank Robbery Suspect 

Today at approximately 3:12PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to Regions Bank, located at 111 S. State Street for a reported bank robbery. According to bank staff, the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.  An undetermined amount of currency was given to the suspect before he fled on foot in […]

Arrest Made in Fatal September 1 Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

Today at approximately 11:50 AM, Jaki Pearson of Champaign surrendered without incident to detectives of the Champaign Police Department for the offense of Murder. An arrest warrant was issued for 20-year-old Pearson on September 4, in connection with the September 1, 2017 shooting of 19-year-old Brandon J. Smith in the 1200 Block of N. McKinley […]

Police Identify Suspect in September 1 Fatal Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

On September 1, 2017 at approximately 12:44 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave. after nearby officers heard multiple gunshots in the immediate area. Officers located 19-year-old Brandon J. Smith in critical condition. He was transported to Carle Hospital, but would succumb to his injuries a short time later. Since […]

Police Investigate Fatal Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

On September 1, 2017 at approximately 12:44 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave., after nearby officers heard multiple gunshots in the immediate area. When officers arrived on scene, police found a 19-year-old male victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to Carle Hospital, where he […]

Police Ask for Witness Support in August 3 Homicide Investigation

On August 3, 2017 at approximately 8:10 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the area of Elm St. & Beardsley St. after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found 53-year-old Gus Edwards who suffered from a gunshot wound.  Edwards would later succumb to his injuries hours later at Carle Hospital. Champaign Police […]

Police Encourage Safety this Labor Day with Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, often celebrated through picnics, pool parties and other gatherings. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday also can be one of the deadliest due to drunk and drug-impaired motor vehicle crashes. The Champaign Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation to help stop […]