Lil Reese ordered turned over to Downstate authorities
BY DIANA NOVAK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org April 29, 2013 2:56PM
Tavares Taylor, a k a Lil Reese, was arrested Sunday and charged after Champaign Police identified him as the attacker in a videotaped beating of a Downstate woman in February 2012. | Cook County Sheriff's Department photo
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:24AM
Champaign Police identified Chicago rapper and Chief Keef pal Lil Reese as the alleged attacker in the 2012 videotaped beating of a Downstate woman, leading to his arrest Sunday in Chicago.
Lil Reese, whose given name is Tavares Taylor, was charged with criminal trespass, mob action and battery in Champaign County after he allegedly refused to leave the woman’s apartment when asked and punched her until she fell to the ground in February 2012. The video appeared online in October and a report was filed with Champaign Police, though the warrant for Taylor’s arrest was not issued until Thursday.
Taylor, 20, was arrested early Sunday after police spotted him sleeping in a vehicle in the 4400 block of South Wells and found the Champaign County warrant, which listed his bail at $100,000. He appeared in Cook County Court on Sunday before he was ordered transferred to Champaign County.
According to police, the woman said she returned home from a night out on Feb. 19, 2012, to find 20 to 25 people in her apartment, including Taylor. When she asked the people to leave, Taylor pushed the woman and slapped her and a fight broke out between the woman, Taylor and two other people.
She told police that Taylor allegedly kicked and stomped her while she lay on the ground. The fight ended when people present intervened, and everyone involved fled.
A video was posted on YouTube in October showing a woman arguing with a young man and asking him to leave her apartment. The man — who police later identified as Taylor — punches her repeatedly in the face as she cries out.
Taylor, who was signed to Def Jam Recordings in 2012, dismissed the video on Twitter shortly after it was posted, saying the video of “sum s - - -” that was recorded years ago and only released now by “haters.” He later deleted the tweet.
Efforts to reach a record company representative were unsuccessful.