Champaign Police Investigating Attempted Armed Robbery, Warrant Issued

On Feb. 15, 2020, at approximately 11:19 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 700 block of South Randolph Street following reports of shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers discovered multiple shell casings and property damage to a residential apartment complex as a result of gunfire. No shooting victims were reported to police; however, one individual did sustain a minor injury from broken glass caused by gunfire.

The preliminary investigation revealed a group of individuals known to one another met outside of an apartment complex. During the meeting, an individual produced a handgun and demanded valuables from the others. As people began to run, the suspect discharged the firearm striking the apartment building. The suspect then fled the scene.

Suspect, Malik Hurd


As the investigation progressed, Champaign Police developed information to identify the suspect as Malik D. Hurd, 22, of Urbana. On Feb. 16, the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Hurd for the offense of Attempted Armed Robbery and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Bond on the warrant was set at $25,000.

Hurd is described as a black male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and approximately 186 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police request anyone with knowledge on Hurd’s whereabouts or additional information related to the incident to please call 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; 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.