Police Hold Press Conference as Update to September 25 Shooting Investigations

Media Contact: LaEisha Meaderds | 217-621-4440 | [email protected]


Today, the Champaign Police Department held a press conference to provide updates into the September 25, 2016 shooting that resulted in multiple gunshot victims and the death of 22-year-old George Korchev.

robbie-m-patton_suspect-in-sept-25-shooting-investigationPreliminary results of the investigation identified an individual believed to be responsible for the Green St. shooting.  That information was presented to the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office, and as a result, an arrest warrant has been issued for 18-year-old Robbie M. Patton of Champaign (pictured left), for the offenses of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

During the press conference, Police provided an investigation summary and surveillance footage from the date in question.  The video clip shows individuals who were in the parking lot near the scene of the shooting and police are seeking to identify these individuals to conduct interviews for further investigative findings. Anyone who was at the party or who may have witnessed any of these incidents is urged to contact the Champaign Police Investigations Division at [email protected] or phone   217-351-4545.

Citizens are reminded that information may also be submitted through Crime Stoppers.  Crime Stoppers calls are completely anonymous and are routed to a third-party national call center that receives the information, completes a tips information form, and then passes that information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.

Anonymous tips can be shared: by phone at 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at www.373tips.com; or by texting “CCTIP” plus the crime information to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these crimes.


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