Danville Police are investigating multiple incidents that occurred this week. Sunday afternoon around 3:40pm, a police officer observed shots being fired from a silver-colored vehicle near Main and Kentucky Streets in Danville. The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspects fled. The pursuit ended near Collett and Madison Street when the vehicle stopped and several occupants fled on foot while the driver stayed with the vehicle. The driver was identified as 22-year old Devin I. Villareal of Danville. Officers also took the on-foot suspects into custody. These were identified as 19-year old Jodavious L. Jones and 19-year old Tyree M. Johnson, both of Danville. Police confiscated two firearms believed to have been involved in the incident. Villareal was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm by a felon, and aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer. Jones and Johnson both were charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm by a felon, and resisting a police officer. The suspects are being held at the Danville Public Safety Building. The Danville Police Department is requesting the help of any witnesses for information about the incident. You can call Vermilion County Crimestoppers at 446-TIPS.
On Monday evening around 9:05pm, Danville Police officers responded to the Phillips 66 gas station on South Bowman Avenue. An employee reported being robbed by two black male subjects dressed in dark clothing with masks over their faces. The suspects were reported to have entered the store armed with handguns and demanded money from the register. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspects fled on foot, last seen running eastbound from the business. No injuries were reported. Anyone with more information on this robbery is asked to contact Vermilion County Crimestoppers at 446-TIPS.
The man who led police on a vehicle chase after a retail theft at Kohl’s Monday died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head later that evening, according to Champaign County Coroner, Duane Northrup. The suspect has been identified as 37-year old Robert R. Mikesell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Ceder Rapids Gazette reported that Mikesell had a history of criminal incidents including stealing a car and lighting it on fire, burglary, forgery, and drug possession. The robbery occurred Monday afternoon at the Kohl’s in Danville where Mikesell led police on a brief vehicle pursuit until the suspect crashed into a utility pole in front of Worksource Enterprises on North Vermilion Street.