Man charged with threat over investment

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly threatened an acquaintance with a hammer because of a bad investment is due back in court Nov. 1.

Mohamed Dardiri, 30, who listed an address in the 800 block of West Springfield Avenue, was charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with intimidation, a felony, and misdemeanor battery and aggravated assault in connection with an event that happened Sept. 11.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said a 21-year-old Urbana man reported that Dardiri came to see him that day and wanted to talk to him about an investment that the man had made on Dardiri's behalf that didn't pay off.

The victim said he went to Dardiri's home and after they arrived, Dardiri allegedly locked the door, waved a hammer in the man's face, and forced him to write a document saying he would repay Dardiri for the bad investment.

The man reported the incident to police several hours later. They found Dardiri on Friday and arrested him. He remains free on bond.

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