On March 23, 2018, at approximately 12:09 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 100 block of Apricot Drive for a report of gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located 18-year-old Ricky Green of Urbana, who suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound. On-scene medical care was immediately provided, and the victim was transported to an area hospital, where he would later succumb to his injuries.
On Jan. 21, 2020, following an extensive investigation by Champaign Police, the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Micheal Chatman, 20, for the offense of Murder. Bond on the warrant was set at $1 million. Chatman’s last known address was listed in Yorkville, Illinois.
On Feb. 4, 2020, at 12 p.m., Champaign Police with assistance from the United States Marshals Service arrested Chatman in Plano, Illinois, without incident. He is currently being held at the Kendall County Correctional Facility awaiting extradition back to Champaign.
The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service for its assistance during this investigation.
Although an arrest has been made, this remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to please call police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately with police. 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 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.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.