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.