NU Basketball player charged with burglary, fraud

Scott Gordon and Scott Gordon

SKOKIE–Former Northwestern basketball player Brandon Lee appeared in court Wednesday (AUGUST 10), represented by a public defender, on charges of burglary and credit-card fraud charges.

University Police arrested Lee, 19, a former McCormick freshman, Aug. 1 in Peoria, Ill., his hometown.

Lee will no longer play for the NU basketball team, NU announced after his arrest, not specifying a reason. He was suspended from the team twice this year, once in January and once in February,for unspecified violations of team rules. The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 1.6 points and 7.9 minutes per game

Police think he and Jessica L. McElroy, 20, stole electronics and credit cards from Foster-Walker Complex on several occasions in July and used the credit cards to make online purchases, said Al Cubbage, vice president for university relations.

Those purchases were sent to McElroy’s apartment, where police arrested her July 26. UP and Peoria police arrested Lee after McElroy said he was her accomplice, Cubbage said.

McElroy, formerly a Medill sophomore, was not registered for Spring or Fall quarter classes, Cubbage said. He said Lee, recently a McCormick freshman, is not registered for Fall Quarter classes.

Lee and McElroy are both scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie again Sept. 6. Both are out on bail.

The Cook County States Attorney’s Office will conduct a pre-trial investigation, a character and criminal-background check used to guide sentencing.

Lee would not talk to reporters Wednesday.

— Scott Gordon