ORANGE, Calif. – A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with assaulting an 18-year-old female student on the campus of Chapman University after the man’s parents told their son about the news. But recognized and turned him over to the police.
Dalante Jerome Bell of Anaheim is accused of wearing a skeleton mask and assaulting a female student outside his dorm in Henley Hall at midnight on 23 September while the victim was video chatting with her boyfriend. The campus security alert stated that the victim fell to the ground and was assaulted again.
The woman was able to fight back against Bell, who fled after people came to help the victim. The vine is said to have been hiding in the bushes before the attack.
Several surveillance cameras caught the attacker running away from the spot. The incident prior to Bell’s capture warranted the campus police to increase the number of patrols around the campus.
In a unique situation, Bell’s parents were watching news of the attack when security camera footage showed Bell, whom they identified as their son.
Bell’s parents called the police, after which the Orange Police Department arrested him soon after.
“College students should focus on learning, not worrying about sexual assault by someone lurking in the shadows outside their dorm,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.
“This brave woman did what she could to fight back and call for help. Thankfully this man was quickly arrested and is no longer able to hunt down unsuspecting college students. And now the Orange County District Attorney’s office will do everything possible to ensure that this sexual predator is held accountable.”
Bell has since been charged by the Orange County District Attorney’s office with one felony of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense.
If convicted on all charges, Bell faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison. He is currently being held at Theo Lacey Facility in Orange on a $500,000 bond.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times