One arrested after two handguns recovered

URBANA, Illinois – Two loaded handguns were seized and a man was arrested Monday after a University of Illinois Police officer stopped a vehicle for an expired registration.

The stop occurred at about 4:29 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and California Street, Urbana. The driver, later identified as Jamario M. Cook, 31, of Champaign, initially gave the officer an incorrect birthdate in what he later told police was an attempt to avoid the discovery of an arrest warrant.

Police asked Cook to exit the vehicle after learning that his driver’s license had been revoked and after Cook pulled two bags of cannabis from the front pouch of his sweatshirt. He attempted to run from officers after exiting the vehicle. When officers pulled him to the ground, Cook announced that he had a firearm.

Police found one loaded handgun in the front pouch of his sweatshirt and another loaded handgun in his front pants pocket. One of the guns had previously been reported stolen.

Cook was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, armed violence, resisting police, obstructing justice, driving with a revoked license, illegal possession of cannabis in a motor vehicle and on a Champaign County warrant. He was taken to the Champaign County Jail, where he remained as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Please note, those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty, and formal charges may change as cases are adjudicated.