Police arrest suspect in reported sexual assaults on the MU campus

3 years 7 months 1 week ago Saturday, March 05 2016 Mar 5, 2016 Saturday, March 05, 2016 12:33:00 PM CST March 05, 2016 in News
By: Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Authorities arrested a suspect involved in two sexual assault incidents that happened Saturday morning.

MUPD said 21-year-old Zachery Jones was arrested at 4 p.m. on Saturday. He is accused of two counts of rape and one count of forcible sodomy. Police said Jones is not a student. 

"With the assistance of our university community and work from our officers and detectives, we were able to identify and arrest the suspect quickly," MU Police Chief Doug Schwandt said.

A woman was walking along University Avenue around 4 a.m. when an unknown male approached her from behind, according to University of Missouri Police. After a short conversation, he forced her to the ground. The victim was able to get free and call 911.

Police also said a rape occurred around 5:30 a.m. near the Student Recreation Complex. The description of the suspect is similar in both incidents.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the latest information. 

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