A 20-year-old University of Delaware student was arrested and charged with the alleged kidnapping, assault and strangling of an anonymous student in an apartment last week. Brandon Freyre has been charged with Second Degree Kidnapping, Second Degree Assault, Strangulation, Terrorist Threat, Third Degree Assault and Criminal Mischief.
On Monday, Newark Police said the victim reported the assault on the morning of October 8. Police say Freyre and the victim were verbally arguing earlier in the morning in an apartment which escalated significantly.
In addition to damaging her property, Freyre “hit the victim with blunt objects, sprayed her with spray paint in her eyes and threatened to kill the victim if she contacted the police,” the department said.
“He then strangled her until she passed out,” police said. “Freyre blocked the exit of the room and prevented the victim from leaving the apartment. After about four hours, he threw the victim down a staircase.”
The victim, police said, was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Freyre was jailed on a cash bond set at $ 38,100, police said. He has since been released after posting bail, according to the National Victim Notification Network. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 10.
The University of Delaware told CBS News Wednesday that Freyre, a sophomore, has been “officially separated” from the school and “is not allowed on campus.” The incident, they said, took place in an off-campus apartment.
The woman victim of the incident is also a student and the university said she was “in contact with her to offer her support services and resources.”
Freyre was a member of the university chapter of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. The fraternity said it immediately suspended its membership and announced on Tuesday that its membership had been permanently revoked, claiming that he “assaulted a woman in a heinous manner” and that “there was no room in our society for such behavior “.
The incident sparked a massive protest at the university on Tuesday. According to the university’s student newspaper, The Review, the protesters chanted “silence is conformity” as they marched by the fraternity houses. A video of the protest went viral on TikTok, with the original poster saying, “We deserve to feel safe on our campus” and citing statistics on domestic violence.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 43% of college dating women report experiencing violence and abuse. More than half of the students said they knew a friend who had experienced such behavior. The relationship between Freyre and her victim was not clarified except that Freyre was “known to her”.
The university had not released a public statement on the incident prior to the protest, but did so later in the day.
“The past few days have been difficult for the University of Delaware community. We are writing to acknowledge the damage inflicted, speak out against reported violence, and call on our community to come together and advance our goals of a campus climate free from all violence, including gender-based violence and violence against women. women, ”the university said, adding that the incident“ triggered an immediate response ”from the university.
“Our code of conduct allows the university to separate UD students upon arrest for a violent crime. As such, the university has followed this policy,” the school said. “… This recent and heinous incident of domestic violence reminds everyone in our community that we must be vigilant in upholding our values so that all can be safe here and pursue an education without the unfair burden of bullying or bullying. physical and emotional threat. well-being and safety. “