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Chicago Man Charged With Raping WVU Student
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 24, 2012 10:11 AM EDT
Morgantown, Monongalia , West Virginia
Morgantown police say a Chicago man has been charged with first-degree sexual assault for allegedly raping a West Virginia University student in her apartment last week.
The woman reported that a stranger entered her off-campus apartment building through an unlocked door at about 4 a.m. on Aug. 15 and sexually assaulted her while threatening her with a knife, according to a criminal complaint. Police obtained surveillance videos from downtown Morgantown businesses and were able to identify the suspect as Silvan Thomas Jobe, 40, of Chicago.
The victim was provided with still-frame photos of the subject in the video and "positively identified him as the same subject that entered her apartment and assaulted her," the complaint states. Police arrested Jobe on Aug. 16, the day after the alleged incident. He is in custody and charged with first-degree sexual assault and burglary and faces a $200,000 bail, according to Morgantown police Chief Ed Preston.
"We immediately notified the university it was a student victim, though school had not started and she was not living on campus," Preston said. "We still made the referrals to WVU services."
The incident happened just two days before student move-in day for the dorms. Monday was the first day of classes. Students were not informed of the incident via WVU Alert, the university's emergency system that notifies students by text message and email of possible danger, because it was not considered "an ongoing threat to the campus community," said WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts.
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