University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Police Report

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Drew J. Knight, 29, no address provided, was arrested at 12:19 p.m. Thursday near Sixth and John streets, Champaign, for aggravated assault, aggravated battery, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to state-supported property, resisting a police officer and intimidation. In the same incident, Zachary W. Overman, 29, no address provided, was arrested for aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, resisting a police officer and trespassing on state-supported property. A witness saw Knight, Overman and a third man on the top level of U. of I. parking garage C-7, 517 E. John St., Champaign, discharging fire extinguishers and throwing them down to street level. When police arrived, they found that the three men had walked down to street level, where Knight and Overman attacked the third man. Knight and Overman physically resisted officers attempting to detain them. Knight threatened to harm officers and other people in the area, which resulted in an officer using a Taser to detain him. All three people had previously been issued no-trespassing notices for U. of I. property. More information is available on the Division of Public Safety website.

A U. of I. student reported that a table had been stolen early Thursday morning from his porch in the 0-100 block of East Chalmers Street, Champaign. The estimated value of the table is $300.

A U. of I. student reported that her headphones had been stolen Thursday from Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. GPS tracking information showed they had been taken to an apartment in the 200 block of North Gregory Street, Urbana. The headphones have an estimated value of $320.  

Robert D. Cooper, 55, of Champaign, was arrested at 4:44 p.m. Thursday near Wright and Healey streets, Champaign, for aggravated battery, obstructing justice and on a Champaign County warrant for domestic battery. Police initially were called to address a fight between two men on a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus. In front of officers, Cooper struck the other man and made verbal threats. While being questioned about the incident, Cooper gave police a false name and then shoved an officer.

A U. of I. employee reported that her bicycle had been stolen between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday outside Illinois Street Residence Halls, 1010 W. Illinois St., Urbana. The bicycle, which has an estimated value of $600, was locked to a rack.*

*Bicycle owners can reduce the risk of theft. Resources on properly locking bicycles on campus can be found on the Campus Recreation website’s Bike Parking page.


Please note: Those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty, and formal charges may change as cases are adjudicated. For more information about the incidents listed here, please contact the U. of I. Police Department at 217-333-1216 or