The Champaign Police Department, along with local partners at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Illinois Police Department and the Urbana Police Department, seek the public’s assistance locating the following four individuals who have outstanding arrest warrants and are known gang members or affiliated with known gang members.
Eric D. Kirk has an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation. Kirk is a 32-year-old black male whose last known address is 1610 Sheffield Road, Champaign, Illinois. Kirk is 5’7’’ tall and weighs approximately 153 pounds. No bond.
Jamar Vincent Lewis has an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation. Lewis is a 28-year-old black male whose last known address is 806 N. State St., Champaign, Illinois. Lewis is 5’9’’ tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. His bond is set at $50,000.
Qwantrell L. Ayres has an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Ayres is a 28-year-old black male whose last known address is 409 S. Dodson, Urbana, Illinois. Ayres is 6’2’’ tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. His bond is set at $5,000.
Equarieon L. Jeter has an outstanding arrest for resisting/obstructing a police officer. Jeter is a 21-year-old black male whose last known address is 2008 N. Mattis Ave., Apt 204B, Champaign, Illinois. Jeter is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 153 pounds. His bond is set at $1,000.
Since September 18, 2018, local law enforcement has responded to 11 confirmed shootings throughout Champaign-Urbana. It is believed the shootings are not random acts of violence, but a result of heightened tensions between rival gangs. In response, local law enforcement agencies continue to work together to increase patrol and investigative resources in the neighborhoods of concern to mitigate and intervene in future violent or criminal activity.
Local law enforcement is seeking the public’s partnership to end the recent string of gun violence and to eliminate gang activity in our community. The public can support law enforcement’s efforts through the following:
-The most important step an individual, neighborhood or organization can take is to act and not remain silent.
-Individuals with information on gang-related activity, shootings or the wanted subjects are asked to come forward. Family members and friends are not immune from the dangers of these individuals.
-If you see something suspicious, report it to police. Suspects are known to be concealing weapons in a variety of areas, including the yards and trash cans of neighbors.
-Although police are concentrating on neighborhoods impacted by the recent violence, all members of the community are asked to remain vigilant, patient and to cooperate with authorities.
The Champaign Police Department, along with its local law enforcement partners, request the public to come forward with any related information. Detectives will arrange to speak privately with anyone with information about this criminal activity. The Champaign Police Investigations Division may be contacted at 217-351-4545. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.
Champaign Police reminds residents that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tip information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.