ORANGE, Calif. – A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with assaulting an 18-year-old student on the campus of Chapman University, when the man’s parents recognized their son and turned him into police.
Jerome Bell in Dalante, Anaheim, is accused of wearing a skeletal mask and assaulting a female student outside the Henley Hall dormitory at midnight on Sept. 23, while Victim was video chatting with her boyfriend. Campus security warns, the victim fell to the ground and was physically assaulted again.
The woman was able to fight Bell, who fled after people came to help the victim. Bell was reportedly hiding in the bushes before the attack.
Several assailants on surveillance cameras fled the scene. The incident prompted campus police to increase the number of patrols around campus before Bell was caught.
In a unique situation, Bell’s parents were watching the news of the attack when security camera footage showed Bell, whom they recognized as their son.
Bell’s parents called the police, which led to his arrest by the Orange Police Department.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement, “College students should concentrate on their studies, not worry about being sexually abused by someone hiding in the shadows outside their dormitories.”
“This brave woman fought to the best of her ability and called for help. Fortunately the man was quickly arrested and he was no longer able to hunt down undoubted college students. And now the Orange County District Attorney’s Office will do what it can to ensure accountability to this sex victim.
Bell has since been charged with a felony count of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted of all charges, Bell faces up to eight years in prison. He is currently being held at the Theo Lacey Facility in Orange on a 500,000 bond.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times