Son of Urbana Landmark Hotel owner arrested for cannabis possession

Son of Urbana Landmark Hotel owner arrested for cannabis possession

URBANA — The son of the owner of the Urbana Landmark Hotel in downtown Urbana has been criminally charged in two separate cases for incidents that allegedly occurred with his father over the weekend.

Urbana police arrested Wei "Jason" Yuan, 25, who listed his address as the hotel at 210 S. Race St., twice over the weekend — once on Saturday for allegedly possessing cannabis and threatening his father and again on Sunday for returning to the hotel after being ordered not to.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Urbana police were first called to the hotel about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bennett said Xiao Yuan told police that his son, who had come from California about a month ago to help the family at the hotel, got into a dispute with his father over not staying at the front desk.

The younger Yuan reportedly became angry, began throwing things and kicked a door. Xiao Yuan said his son then raised a fist to strike him but he grabbed his son to prevent that from happening, Bennett said.

Police were unable to locate Wei Yuan at that time and left. They were called back later Saturday when Xiao Yuan said his son had returned. Police went to the third floor, where his father said he was. Police could not find Wei Yuan and found his room locked. The father opened it for them and in plain view they found about 4 ounces of cannabis and a pipe used to smoke cannabis.

Police left but came back a third time even later in the day when Wei Yuan returned and they arrested him. He posted bond and was released from jail after court Sunday.

Shortly after noon Sunday, Bennett said, Xiao Yuan called police again to report that his son returned and was being disruptive and asking that he be removed from the hotel.

Police, apparently unaware that the judge had issued an order telling the younger Yuan to have no contact with the hotel or his father, declined to arrest the son since that was his listed address.

Then, about 3 p.m., the elder Yuan called police again after his son returned and used a master key to get in the father's room, where he continued to confront him. Wei Yuan refused to leave until his father picked up the phone to call for help, Bennett said.

Police arrived at the hotel for the fifth time in two days and Wei Yuan was gone. However, he returned to the hotel shortly after and was arrested, Bennett said.

On Tuesday, he was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, a felony; assault for allegedly raising a fist to his father; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The latter two charges are misdemeanors. In a separate case, he was charged with criminal trespass to residence, also a misdemeanor, for returning to the hotel Sunday.

Wei Yuan is being held in the jail in lieu of $5,000 bond and due back in court April 9. He was ordered again to have no contact with his father and the hotel.

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parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on February 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

More proof positve the Goad Lady and her progressive cabinet member Dennis Roberts/goad man jr. are in control of spending taxpayer's money on a hotel project just so the family could reside and sell drugs on the uinhabited floors of this grandiose archtectural marvel.

cretis16 wrote on February 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

Wow, there goes the one guest who was actually staying in the hotel. Prussing to discuss a grant to hotel owner for son's fine and bail.

Fromthearea wrote on February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Why do you need to write this story with the angle of embarrassing the man who owns the hotel?  This reads that he's the victim in the situation and this is just pouring salt in the wound.  Nice.

Danno wrote on February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

You're right. The man is trying to launch a project (with the difficulties that occur), now, he's gotta' deal with a son, with seemingly, his own difficulties.

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Because a fish always smells/sells fishy;  salt always tastes salty and a wounded taxpayer always gets burned!!!

Danno wrote on February 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Hints from Heloise: Don't buy fish, put down that salt shaker per doctor's orders and, voice your concerns to the political parties involved.

jim1 wrote on February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

yea another feather in the cap for mayor prussing


syzlack wrote on February 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I presume you mean the 'goat lady," who is not Laurel Prussing, but the woman with a goat milking operation north of Urbana, where Prussing wants to ram through Olympia Speedway,  who Prussing disparagingly called "the goat lady."  Got that? 

As to the 25-yr-old from California:  C'mon duuude. He's from California, maaannn.  Mary Schenk may get her knickers in a knot about it, but chill out, dude.

SaintClarence27 wrote on February 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Would possessing that much pot be a felony in Cali?

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on February 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

"Goad Lady" is exactly what was meant.  Prussing referred to the "Goat Lady"  as her way of describing residents of Urbana so Prussing has been referred to as the "Goad Lady " for that last 3 years.  It is an appropriate label for her activity in the city of Urbana's arena of progressive demise.  "Goad" means:

goad  /gōd/Noun

A spiked stick used for driving cattle.

Use it  well and often!!!

selguy wrote on February 20, 2013 at 4:02 am

Such inane comments as have been posted will help the current mayor's re-election

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on February 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Inanity is what we have currently holding office in the city of Urbana;  not those who are motivated to post comments here because they are misrepresented!!