A St. Cloud State University wrestler faces a felony charge after allegedly repeatedly hitting another student and causing multiple fractures to the student’s nasal bone and sinus walls.
Burnsville resident Ezayah M. Gomez Oropeza, 20, was charged with third degree assault in Stearns County District Court on Thursday in connection with the incident, which occurred early Saturday morning September 18.
Police arrested Gomez Oropeza on Tuesday. University officials previously tweeted that they were aware of an off-campus incident and said the student allegedly involved in the incident had been suspended from the team.
The injured man’s parents identified him as Chad Waldrop, 20, in a fundraising page and online petition demanding justice for their son.
According to court documents, a woman called 911 to report an unconscious man in the 700 block of Seventh Avenue S. The officers who responded found blood on a doorframe and Waldrop inside the house. He was bleeding profusely from multiple facial wounds and was showing signs of unconsciousness.
Officers contacted Oropeza Gomez and a woman walking near the area and Oropeza Gomez admitted he “knocked him out” after Waldrop yelled at them and “continued to chase them,” the documents said.
Officers briefly detained Oropeza Gomez, but then released him pending further investigation.
Waldrop told police he returned home early in the morning and heard a woman screaming. When asked if everything was ok, he was told to mind his own business, so he turned to go back inside and heard footsteps “rushing towards him”, according to documents. judicial.
A witness told police he saw Oropeza Gomez yelling at the woman and hitting a fence just before Waldrop appeared. Video obtained on Tuesday shows Oropeza Gomez and the woman as Waldrop steps out of his residence.
Video shows Waldrop taking about 10 steps when Oropeza Gomez “starts sprinting towards [Waldrop]”and while he was on the sidewalk, Oropeza Gomez” made contact with him, lifting him off the ground and attacking himself [Waldrop] on the ground ”, according to court documents.
Waldrop will likely have to undergo several reconstructive surgeries, according to the documents.
Gomez Oropeza’s first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday morning.
Jenny Berg • 612-673-7299