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Student charged with kidnapping


By Jennifer Amsler
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, February 25, 2005
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A UA junior and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member was arrested and charged with kidnapping a woman at 12:40 a.m. Saturday at the fraternity house, 1509 E. Second St., University of Arizona Police Department reports stated.

Two women flagged a UAPD car down, who responded to the fraternity house for a noise complaint. One woman was crying and holding her arm, reports stated.

The woman who was crying told police the student forced her into his bathroom and closed the bedroom and bathroom doors behind him, reports stated.

She said the student grabbed her wrists so hard she thought "it might break" and then placed his hands around her neck and choked her to the point where she said she thought, "I was done for," reports stated.

The student allegedly forced her to the ground and was on top of her, but she managed to break free and exit the bathroom, reports stated.

The woman had contusions on her neck and wrists, both of which were red and swollen, and a small laceration on her right foot, reports stated.

The student told police he had been dating the woman for about a year, reports stated.

He told police the woman came to the fraternity house at 10:20 p.m. and they went to a "date dash," reports stated.

The student said they returned to the house and she became upset and left, reports stated.

The student said he approached police because he heard the woman was talking to them about him, reports stated.

Police placed him in handcuffs and read him his rights, but the student said he would not speak to anyone without his attorney present, reports stated.

The student was taken to Pima County Jail, charged with kidnapping and later released.

Sgt. Eugene Mejia, UAPD spokesman, said this type of occurrence is rare but when it does happen, the dispute is usually between two people who already know each other.

Mejia said the definition of kidnapping is "someone is restricted or not permitted to leave by force or threat."

If students have the urge to commit a violent act, Mejia said they should use on-campus services like Campus Health Service to get proper counseling.

Police took pictures of the woman's injuries and placed them into evidence, reports stated.



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