Toy gun causes disruption on Green Street
By Abby Schlueter
A man has been arrested for disorderly conduct following an incident on Saturday morning.
An officer first spotted the man, later identified as Curtis A. Holley, 58, of Paris, Illinois, around 10 a.m. driving down east Green Street. The officer called for backup as Holley was waving a toy gun outside of his car window and pointing is at pedestrians.
At first, officers and bystanders couldn't be sure whether the weapon was real or fake. The first responding officer waited for the backup to get close before stopping Holley four blocks from where he first saw him.
Holley complied with the officers' orders once stopped and he dropped the weapon, which was a toy. Holley was taken into custody without further incident.
Officers on the scene determined the incident may have been related to a mental-health related issue and took Holley to Carle Foundation Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. It was at the hospital where he was given a notice to appear in court for disorderly conduct and then was left in the custody of the health professionals.
This is not the first time that Holley has gotten into trouble in the University of Illinois campus area. Last Thursday, he was given a no trespassing notice after causing a disruption at the Illini Union. He was carrying a paintball gun, police badges and fake SWAT accessories. The items were confiscated and Holley was escorted off of campus property.
That no-trespassing notice is still in force which means Holley can be arrested if he steps onto any University of Illinois property in the future.