Teens arrested after locking drunk friend in room

Teens arrested after locking drunk friend in room


URBANA — Two teens who police say put their intoxicated friend in a locked dorm room and left him Saturday night now face criminal charges.

University of Illinois police Sgt. Joe McCullough said when emergency responders got to him, the friend was covered in vomit and “was in a position to easily asphyxiate on his own vomit.”

“This could have ended awfully,” said McCullough.

The incident started just before 10 p.m. Saturday when resident advisers on the third floor of Lundgren Hall, 1201 S. Fourth St., C, heard a commotion and saw a male and female trying to get an unresponsive man up the stairs and into a room.

McCullough said when a resident adviser tried to call 911 for help, UI student Ali Mahmoud Issa, 18, allegedly clenched a fist and threatened the adviser with physical harm. A second resident adviser was present and made the call for help.

“In the meantime, they had taken the man into a residence hall room,” said McCullough, then locked the door and left “so they wouldn’t get in trouble with the police.”

The room was Issa’s, according to McCullough. The woman with him was identified as Ieva Simulyte, 18, of Downers Grove, a friend of his. The intoxicated friend was 18 and from Burr Ridge. Only Issa is a UI student.

McCullough said residence hall employees obtained a master key to let emergency responders into the room.

They found the teen inside “incoherent but starting to become responsive.” He was taken to Presence Covenant Medical Center for treatment.

McCullough said Issa and Simulyte returned to the room a couple of hours later and after being interviewed by police, both were arrested.

The states’s attorney’s office charged both with misdemeanor reckless conduct for leaving their drunk friend locked in the room, knowing emergency responders were on their way. Issa was charged Wednesday with a second misdemeanor count of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening the resident adviser. 

Simulyte had been charged Tuesday with a second count of unlawful consumption of liquor by a minor.

Both are due back in court Oct. 31.

The maximum penalty either of the teens could get if convicted is up to a year in the county jail.

McCullough said Simulyte was also issued a no-trespass letter for the UI campus.

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sanjuan wrote on September 03, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Gotta disagree.  In this case "teens" is relevant.  Yes older teens can get married without permission.  Older teens can enter into contracts.  Older teens can serve in the military, but, as you point out, no teen can legallly consume alcohol in Illinois.  The use of the word amplifies their status relative to the alcohol.



Paul Wood wrote on September 06, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Most of understand that the "teen" in nine-teen makes them teen-agers. You seem to have come up with an alternate definition that ignores how the word is pronounced.

Had the story called them children, you would have had a point.