Another man charged in abduction from Champaign

Another man charged in abduction from Champaign

URBANA — A second man has been charged in connection with the alleged abduction of an Urbana woman from Market Place Mall earlier this month.

Jarbey E. Reyes, 18, who listed an address in the first block of Rain Tree Drive, Champaign, was charged Thursday with aggravated kidnapping in connection with the June 11 abduction of Monica Ramirez, 19, from outside the Champaign shopping center.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Reyes admitted to police that he went along with a scheme allegedly concocted by Ramirez's former boyfriend, Eduardo G. Cortez, 25, of Houston, to abduct Ramirez. However, Cortez has not been charged with that crime.

Reyes was also charged with aggravated battery for allegedly holding a knife to the throat of Ramirez's current boyfriend, Alexander Aburto, 22, of Urbana.

Bennett said Ramirez and Aburto were leaving the mall that Wednesday when they were approached shortly after 4 p.m. by three men, two of whom have been identified as Cortez and Reyes. The identity of the third man has not been made public.

Bennett said Reyes allegedly held a knife to Aburto's throat while the others allegedly forced Ramirez into a pickup truck. Reyes also allegedly slashed the tires on Aburto's vehicle before they drove off with Ramirez.

Cortez and Ramirez were found in Houston three days later. Cortez was returned to Urbana Monday and appeared in court Tuesday. He has been charged only with aggravated battery for his alleged role in threatening Aburto. He remains there in lieu of $1 million bond.

Judge John Kennedy set Reyes' bond at $500,000. If convicted of the more serious aggravated kidnapping, he faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years. Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony that carries penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison upon conviction.

Reyes is due back in court July 8 for a probable cause hearing.

Champaign County court documents said that earlier on June 11, Ramirez had obtained an order of protection against Cortez. In the petition, she outlined for a judge threats Cortez allegedly made in early June to hurt her should she leave him and a head-butting by Cortez that left her dazed.

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