Laresha L. Reed, 42, no address provided, was arrested at 7:42 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment building in the 400 block of East Healey Street, Champaign, for trespassing. Police initially were called by a witness who asked them to escort Reed from the building. Reed previously had been issued a no-trespassing notice by the property owner.
A U. of I. student reported that he was the victim of an internet-based scam between Feb. 19-22. The student was contacted via social media by someone purporting to be an artist offering money to use one of the student’s photos in a project. The scammer told the student that the client would send a $2,000 check to the student, and the student was to return a portion of that money to the scammer to pay for materials. The student paid $200 to the scammer before realizing that the check had bounced.
An employee of Patricia’s, 2208 S. Neil St., Champaign, reported that a customer had exposed their genitals inside the store around 4 p.m. Feb. 22.
A U. of I. student reported Feb. 23 that he had been the victim of an ongoing extortion scam between December 2021 and Feb. 17. After communicating with an unknown person through a dating app, the purported father of that unknown person called the student to say that the student had been communicating with a minor. The father demanded money under the threat of contacting the police. Several other demands for money were made over time, with the student paying a total of $4,500. The student later discovered that none of the claims were true.
Please note: Those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty, and formal charges may change as cases are adjudicated. For more information about the incidents listed here, please contact the U. of I. Police Department at 217-333-1216 or .