Chicago Tribune reports:
South Side rapper Lil Reese was caught sleeping in a car early Sunday and arrested on a warrant.
The arrest warrant was issued Friday in Champaign County for Lil Reese, 20, whose birth name is Tavares Taylor.
He was arrested about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 4400 block of South Wells Street after a police officer on patrol saw him sleeping in a vehicle, according to Cook County court documents.
Taylor has risen to prominence in recent years as a pillar of Chicago’s “drill” rap scene. He is part of local rap luminary Chief Keef’s Glory Boyz Entertainment clique and has a deal with Def Jam Recordings, a label whose clients include Rihanna and Ludacris.
The arrest warrant issued Thursday is connected to charges of criminal trespass to a residence with persons present, mob action and battery that allegedly took place in February 2012, according to the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s website and Cook County court documents.
Officials at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office would not give further information about the charges Sunday, saying they could not comment because Taylor is not in their custody.
Taylor was being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail Sunday.
He pleaded guilty to burglary charges in May 2010 and received two years of probation, according to Cook County court documents.
He was stopped April 13 in the 6600 block of South Wentworth Avenue in Chicago and charged with driving without insurance, no driver’s license and not signaling, according to court documents.
He sparked outrage in October after video footage purportedly of him beating a young woman went viral.
The grainy video taken with a camera phone reportedly shows rapper Lil Reese attacking the unidentified woman. It was posted on various hip-hop websites and angered thousands on Twitter.
The video, which lasts a little more than a minute, shows a man entering a residence and arguing with a young woman. The two then get into a physical altercation.
Lil Reese acknowledged the video on his Twitter account before suggesting the incident occurred “years ago.”
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