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Attack on DePauw student leads to arrest

Friday, September 3, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A DePauw student accused of attacking another student has been formally charged with three crimes.

Dike Zhao, 19, is charged with Class D felonies residential entry and criminal confinement and Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury.

According to court records, DePauw Public Safety Dispatch received a call from a female in a campus residence hall just after 1 p.m. on Aug. 31.

"The dispatcher overheard the caller state that a male had entered her room through her window," an incident report from DePauw Public Safety said. "(The dispatcher) stated that she could hear the caller say 'No, don't,' then what sounded like a struggle before the phone was disconnected."

The call was made from a cellular phone and could not be traced, so representatives from DePauw's facilities managements and residence life departments, along with officers from the Greencastle Police Department commenced a building by building search of the DePauw campus.

After a tip from a member of DePauw's custodial staff, officers found the alleged victim crying in her room. Zhao was standing outside the open door of the victim's room.

The alleged victim told officers she was not injured, but that she was "extremely frightened" of Zhao.

The alleged victim explained that she and Zhao, who lived in the same dorm, had been in a relationship for the past year. She said she had told Zhao she wanted to end the relationship, but that he "would not allow it."

The victim said she and Zhao had gotten into a fight in her room on Aug. 30, and that Zhao had "become very angry and pushed her in the chest with the palms of his hands." She said she was standing near her bed, and that Zhao shoved her backward into it.

When Zhao knocked on her door on Aug. 31, the victim told officers, she ignored him and did not open her door.

"She then heard a noise outside her window," the incident report said. "She saw Mr. Zhao remove the screen from her window, push the window up and climb through it. She said he was extremely angry."

The alleged victim told Zhao she was going to call the police. When she did, the incident report said, Zhao grabbed the phone from her. He then removed the phone's battery and SIM card and put them in his pocket.

The alleged victim then tried to leave the room, but she said Zhao grabbed her upper arms to prevent her from leaving, and also blocked her doorway.

At Zhao's initial hearing, his bond was set at $10,000 with 10 percent allowed. He posted bond and has been released from jail.

His next court appearance is set for Oct. 21.

Although she declined to speak about Zhao's case specifically, DePauw Vice President for Student Life Cindy Babington said when students violate DePauw's code of conduct, an internal judicial process is launched.

Many times students are allowed to continue attending classes, Babington said, unless they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

"Our process is not based on the outcome of any criminal proceedings, because we need to move faster," Babington said.

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I'm surprised Depauw allowed one of their own to be arrested.

Rumor has it that university police are no longer allowed to arrest students.

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 12:33 AM

If that had been a townie he'd still be in jail, no bond.

-- Posted by townielove on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 1:18 AM

I'm sure his mommy and daddy will take care of this for him.

-- Posted by ruserious27 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 1:40 AM

These are highly intelligent students. It seems they don't deal with rejection well. Perhaps a support group should be established on campus to help channel people with rejection syndrome into productive endeavors.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 7:29 AM

an 18yo international student was arrested last week for being "drunker than a skunk", lol, but the depauw court set her free bc she is allowed to drink in her country at the age of 16. so, she said she had been getting drunk for 2 years and didnt know our laws were different. so depauw had the charges dropped for her and sent her on to get drunk another day.

-- Posted by badboy46120 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 8:16 AM

There is so much misinformation that forms opinions in these comments. Get educated people and get over the "what would happen to a townie". The double jeopardy students face on campus and the courts is far greater than what would happen to a local youth. There are too many old, distorted values at play in many of these opinions. There is a new admninistration in the City and on the Campus. Get involved and better informed.

-- Posted by Seagullslim on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 10:41 AM

"Rumor has it that university police are no longer allowed to arrest students."

Not a rumor, it is true.

Business as usual. Whatever Depauw wants, Depauw gets. Why not just change the name of the town to Depauw and get it over with?

-- Posted by Registered Voter on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 11:40 AM

And here in the comments Dr.Casey,is the problem in a nutshell.It might just be perception but that's how a lot of locals think. How do we change that?

-- Posted by paying attention on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 12:22 PM

I would have to strongly disagree with you Seagullslim. A townie would definitely still be in jail. The Depauw students are treated much better in the court system than those of us that actually live here. I do agree with Registered Voter, may as well change the name to Depauw, why not??

-- Posted by ruserious27 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 2:04 PM

I would have to disagree with you, ruserious27. A "townie", if able to post bail, would be out as well.

As far as all the comments on letting the Depauw students go even if they committed a crime, technically, minor in consumption and public intox charges are usually sent to the prosecutor and rarely is someone arrested and held in jail for these. Which, by the way, is what Depauw students usually get charged with. This happens everyday, even with ... surprise, surprise... "townies".

I am not a Depauw student, graduate, nor do I work there but I must defend them because this trash student was arrested and charged.

Please, before you comment, know the information. It really doesn't say a lot for our "townies" to make ignorant statements like these.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 4:43 AM

Just slap him on the wrist and move on. Millions of dollars are generated through Depauw and with money means power. Three students make up five townies they have the $$$ and most townies don't. Money talks people!

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 11:38 AM

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