TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A Towson University student was arrested and charged in a reported sexual assault of a student in a university residence hall over the weekend.
The suspect, a resident student, has been arrested and charged with sexual assault by Baltimore County Police and is currently being held at Baltimore County Detention Center.
He has been identified as Onyekachukwu Chukwuebuk Igwilo, of the 400 block of Towson Way.
Police said at around 3:30 p.m. a woman went over to her friend’s apartment to watch a movie and during the movie, the friend, identified as Igwilo, started to sexually assault her.
She told him no, but he continued, said Baltimore County Police Officer Jennifer Peach.
“During the course of that movie he began to make sexual advances toward her which she rebuked,” Peach said. “He continued to the point when he held her down and raped her.”
He then reportedly held her down by her neck, raped her and physically injured her, leaving visible marks on her neck. When he was done, he at first did not let her leave, but once he did she immediately contacted TUPD. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The victim also told police he was holding a cell phone in his hand and recorded her.
Igwilo is no longer allowed on the TU campus as police investigate the incident.
He is being held without bail on charges of first-degree rape, attempted first-degree rape, false imprisonment, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
TU said they are offering their services and support to anyone in the community who may be affected by this incident, and have asked Baltimore County police to continue to maintain complete confidentiality.
Towson University reminds students and those involved with the University that if you or someone you know have experienced misconduct, harassment or assault, you can report it to the Towson University Police Department in the Public Safety Building, 410-704-4444, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity (OIIE) in the Administration Building Suite 214, 410-704-0203, email@example.com.
They also said they have provided support services to students, faculty and staff through the Counseling Center at 410-704-2512.