A U. of I. student reported that his bicycle had been stolen between 3-7 p.m. Saturday outside the Electrical and Computer Engineering building, 306 N. Wright St., Urbana. The bicycle, which has an estimated value of $500, was locked to a rack.*
A U. of I. student reported Monday that he was the victim of a sexual extortion scam. The student was contacted through social media by an unknown person who requested that the student send intimate photos of himself. When the student did so, the unknown person threatened to distribute the photos unless the student paid $900. The student refused payment, and the photos were sent to several of the student’s social media contacts.
Habib D. Graves, 60, of Urbana, was arrested at 7:13 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of East Green Street, Champaign, for assault. Police initially were called by a teenager who reported that Graves had threatened him and two friends with a knife following a verbal argument. Police confiscated a knife from Graves and also issued him a no-trespassing notice for all U. of I. property.
A U. of I. employee reported that someone had cut through a soft plastic window on her vehicle between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12. The employee had parked her vehicle at multiple locations on campus during that time period, including several residence halls. The estimated cost to repair the window is $540.
A U. of I. employee reported Wednesday that he has been receiving unwanted gifts and letters from an unknown person, beginning around March 2021. Some of the letters include indications that the unknown person has followed publicly available information about the employee and may be regularly visiting his workplace at the Engineering Sciences Building, 1101 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana.
*Bicycle owners can reduce the risk of theft. Resources on properly locking bicycles on campus can be found on the Campus Recreation website’s Bike Parking page.
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 .