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Christensen indicted by grand jury for kidnapping

Christensen indicted by grand jury for kidnapping

Daily Illini Staff Report
July 12, 2017
Filed under Crime, News, Showcase, Top Stories

A federal grand jury has indicted Brendt Christensen for the kidnapping of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, who went missing from campus June 9. On Wednesday, the U.S. attorney's office charged Christensen. The indictment stated he "willfully and unlawfully seized, confined, inveigled, ...

Alleged kidnapper denied bail; once described his ‘ideal victim’

Alleged kidnapper denied bail; once described his ‘ideal victim’

Samantha Jones Toal and Wren Wheeling
July 5, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Brendt Christensen, the man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, was denied bail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long during a hearing on July 5. After prosecutor Bryan Freres laid out evidence, Long denied Christensen bail, stating he is a flight risk and a potential threat to the community. While ...

Missing scholar’s alleged kidnapper has first court appearance

Missing scholar’s alleged kidnapper has first court appearance

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
July 3, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old former Physics student accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, will be held without bond at least until his next court date on July 15. U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long ordered the decision in a hearing that lasted nine minutes, as a large crowd gathered outside wit...

Man arrested in connection to missing scholar; Zhang presumed dead

Man arrested in connection to missing scholar; Zhang presumed dead

Lillian Barkley, Editor-in-Chief
June 30, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

The FBI has arrested a suspect in the case of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting Chinese scholar. Zhang is presumed dead, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Brendt Christensen, 28, was taken into custody. On Thursday, law enforcement officials overheard him explain that he kidnapped Zhang. "Based on this, and other facts...

Community walks in support of missing scholar

Community walks in support of missing scholar

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 29, 2017
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, Crime, News, Showcase, Top Stories

It’s been nearly three weeks since Yingying Zhang went missing from campus. Her last known whereabouts were revealed through surveillance footage, which showed her getting into a Saturn Astra. The vehicle was located by the FBI on Tuesday, but Zhang’s still missing and Brad Ware, FBI spokesman,...

FBI finds vehicle involved in missing scholar abduction

FBI finds vehicle involved in missing scholar abduction

Jacob Singleton and Samantha Jones Toal
June 27, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

The FBI has found the black Saturn Astra that was involved in Yingying Zhang's abduction, according to an FBI press release. However, the visiting scholar is still missing. Brad Ware, FBI spokesman, could not comment on where the car was found and could not comment further on the case. "We have...

Walk, concert set to show support for missing scholar

Walk, concert set to show support for missing scholar

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 27, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

A walk and concert to support Yingying Zhang will take place on Thursday evening to convey the community’s support for the missing scholar who disappeared from campus almost three weeks ago on June 9. According to the University press release, the event is organized by the Chinese Students and Scho...

Family releases new photos of missing scholar

Family releases new photos of missing scholar

Daily Illini Staff Report
June 26, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

More than two weeks after Yingying Zhang's disappearance, the University of Illinois Police Department released additional photos of the missing scholar, provided by her family. https://twitter.com/UIPD/status/878772973938855936 Zhang, a 26-year-old woman from China, was last seen on June 9 entering...

FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 23, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, State

The University of Illinois Police Department confirmed today that the FBI has made the disappearance of Yingying Zhang a national priority, according to a release. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jon Holloway said he has access to the full resources of the FBI. More agents are working o...

University to offer $40,000 reward in missing scholar case

University to offer $40,000 reward in missing scholar case

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
June 19, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

The University and Champaign County Crime Stoppers will announce Monday evening a $40,000 reward for those with information leading to the arrest of the person, or persons, involved with Yingying Zhang's apparent kidnapping. Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China, was reported missing on...

UIPD searching for missing visiting scholar

UIPD searching for missing visiting scholar

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
June 11, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

The University of Illinois Police Department is asking for help in their search for Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar from China. The 26-year-old woman, currently residing in Urbana, was last heard from on Friday afternoon, according to a Massmail from Police Chief Jeff Christensen. Her friends...

Champaign Chipotle locations affected by data breach

Champaign Chipotle locations affected by data breach

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
May 31, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Top Stories

Chipotle, a nationwide restaurant chain, reported that two of its Champaign locations were involved in a massive data breach this past March and April. The Chipotle at 903 W. Anthony Dr. was vulnerable to hackers from March 26 to April 18. The location at 528 E. Green St. was breached from March 25 ...

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