On Oct. 21, 2019, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 2300 block of Belmore Drive for a reported home invasion with shots fired.
The preliminary investigation revealed a male offender arrived at a private residence and threatened to harm a female occupant, who was a known acquaintance. After she refused entry to the residence, the offender attempted to forcibly gain access into the home leading the female occupant to discharge a firearm. The offender, who was also armed with a firearm, fired several rounds of gunfire into the residence as he fled the scene. No injuries were reported to Champaign Police.
In connection to the incident, an arrest warrant has been issued for Michael A. Rodgers, 29, of Champaign, for the offense of Home Invasion and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Bond on the warrant was set at $500,000.
Police are now enlisting public support to help locate Rodgers.
Rodgers is described as black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and approximately 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Rodgers is asked to please to contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous you 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 citizens 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 tips 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.
Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.