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Judge denies bail for Towson University student accused of rape

Posted at 5:08 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 20:43:01-04

TOWSON, Md. — A district court judge says the Towson University student accused of raping a fellow student over the weekend will stay in jail.

20-year-old Onyekachukwu Chukwuebuk Igwilo was arrested on Sunday after a classmate he knew came forward to say he raped her Sunday afternoon.

Attorneys for both Igwilo and the state agree what happened inside Igwilo's on-campus apartment started consensually. Where the two stories split, however, is how it ended.

"Our detectives felt like there was sufficient probably cause to make an arrest," Cpl. Shawn Vinson, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Deparmtent said.

Officers helped police at Towson University in the case. Court documents reveal Igwilo and the victim, a fellow student who knew Igwilo, were in bed watching TV inside his apartment. After what started as Igwilo consensually rubbing the victim's breasts, he then started to remove her pants, as the victim told him to stop and tried pushing him away.

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Police say Igwilo then held the victim down forced himself inside of her.

The documents continue stating that the victim saw Igwilo holding his cell phone leading her to believe he was taking pictures.

"We could see the physical injury that was on our victim. That was consistent with her story based on the story she gave us and the physical evidence," Vinson said.

The victim was able to get away from Igwilo. Medical personnel confirmed she had a large, visible bruise to the left side of her throat, and had signs of vaginal trauma.

Enough for a judge to say Igwilo should stay in jail.

"We want our victims to know that we take all allegations seriously and we offer a number of resources also. It's not just the criminal investigation, it's offering the resources and the follow-up, people that our victims can talk to," Vinson said.