UPDATE: No charges filed today in campus graffiti case

UPDATE: No charges filed today in campus graffiti case

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.:

URBANA — Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she has asked for more investigation before filing any criminal charges against a University of Illinois sophomore in connection with graffiti found on campus buildings.

Matthew Herrera, 20, of Cicero was released from the county jail Wednesday morning, several hours after his arrest at a campus library for allegedly spraying graffiti on buildings last week.

Rietz said she has asked UI police to do more investigation before she makes a final decision on how to proceed with the case.

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Original story, published 9:44 a.m.:

URBANA — Observant University of Illinois police officers arrested a student early today who they believe sprayed several campus buildings with graffiti last week.

Matthew Herrera, 20, a sophomore from Cicero, was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday in Grainger Engineering Library, 1301 W. Springfield Ave., U.

"We believe that's our guy," said Tom Geis, acting deputy chief of UI police.

Geis said officers had been given still photographs of the suspect in four different vandalism events reported on Feb. 2 and 3.

"They were walking through Grainger and see Herrera. They recognize the shoes he is wearing are similar or the same that the suspect wore when this stuff occurred," Geis said.

Geis said Herrera's physical description and the headphones he was wearing also matched what officers had observed in surveillance photos.

Based on those observations, officers arrested Herrera on premilinary charges of criminal defacement, a felony. He is expected to be formally charged later today. Geis said Herrera invoked his rights to not speak to officers.

The department received reports of graffiti damage to the Illini Union, the Undergraduate Library, the Arcade Building and Grainger.

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GLG wrote on February 07, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Reitz waiting for Bob Jones to give her permission to charge this goof!!