University Police arrest man for stalking, trespassing

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Illinois – University Police on Wednesday arrested a Carlinville, Illinois, man who has repeatedly returned to campus to threaten an acquaintance.

Javarrias J. Miller, 23, was arrested at 11:41 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment building in the 1000 block of West University Avenue, Urbana, for stalking, harassment, disorderly conduct, trespassing on private property and trespassing on state-supported property.

Javarrias J. Miller.

The arrest was made after he reportedly visited Wassaja Hall, 1202 S. First St., Champaign, where he sent a series of threatening text messages to a U. of I. student indicating that he intended to harm her. He previously had been instructed to not contact the student and to not trespass on university property.

Wednesday’s incident is the fifth time Miller has been arrested on or near campus since December. He previously made threats of violence toward the student and residence halls in general. Wednesday’s messages escalated those threats.

As of Thursday afternoon, Miller was being held at the Champaign County Jail and did not present an immediate threat to the campus community. However, police are prepared to alert the community if he is released, and they are asking anyone who sees Miller on campus to call 911 immediately.

Miller’s no-trespassing notice for U. of I. property was renewed as of his latest arrest, and he would be again subject to arrest if he returns to campus.

Please note, those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty, and formal charges may change as cases are adjudicated.