CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – A 27-year-old man was arrested for arson over the weekend after he intentionally lit a car on fire in Campustown.
University Police initially were called at 7:19 p.m. Thursday to the off-campus area of Third and Chalmers streets, Champaign, where witnesses reported that they saw a man crouched near a parked car lighting some kind of fluid. The fluid ignited underneath the vehicle, and the car was soon engulfed. The man then walked away from the area.
The fire department extinguished the blaze, but the $25,000 vehicle was heavily damaged. No one was injured.
University Police investigators reviewed security camera footage from a nearby apartment building, and a University Police detective immediately recognized the person who ignited the fire as Devonte J. Moore, 27. The detective was familiar with Moore from previous unlawful activity in the Campustown area and had seen him earlier that day wearing the same clothes he was wearing in the video of the fire.
The identification was relayed to University Police patrol officers who were then on the lookout for Moore. They found him at 10 a.m. Saturday walking near Sixth and Chalmers streets, Champaign, where he was arrested for arson and taken to the Champaign County Jail. He was re-issued a no-trespassing notice for all university property.
Please note, those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty, and formal charges may change as cases are adjudicated.