Urbana, IL – A routine traffic stop in Urbana leads to the arrest of a Champaign man and the seizure of two loaded handguns. The incident occurred near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and California Street in Urbana, Illinois.
According to the University of Illinois Police, the stop was made around 4:29 p.m. Monday due to an expired registration. The driver, identified as 31-year-old Jamario M. Cook of Champaign, allegedly provided a false birthdate to the officer. This was reportedly an attempt to conceal an existing arrest warrant. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Cook’s driver’s license had been revoked. Cook attempted to flee after stepping out of the vehicle, following the discovery of two bags of cannabis in his possession. During the arrest, Cook informed officers that he was carrying a firearm.
Police retrieved one loaded handgun from Cook’s sweatshirt and another from his front pants pocket, with one of the firearms reported as stolen. Cook faces multiple charges including unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated unlawful possession, possession of a stolen firearm, armed violence, resisting police, obstructing justice, driving with a revoked license, illegal possession of cannabis in a motor vehicle, and on a Champaign County warrant. He was detained at the Champaign County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.