HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP)-- Police in New York say an 18-year-old Hofstra University student trying to retrieve a cell phone was lured into a dormitory men's room and sexually assaulted by five men.
Four suspects have been arraigned on rape and other charges. The fifth suspect was still at-large Tuesday. The apprehended suspects are Jesus L. Ortiz, Stalin Felipe, Kevin R. Taveras, Rondell Bedward. Bedward is the only suspect enrolled at Hofstra.
Police believe the attack was premeditated, Newsday reports:
Police said the victim was dancing at an on-campus spot, Hofstra USA, with Jesus L. Ortiz, of 4373 Katonah Ave., the Bronx, when Ortiz grabbed her cell phone and went outside. The woman followed Ortiz to a dormitory hallway, where she was confronted by Stalin Felipe, 19, who was ready with a rope, Nassau Police Det. Lt. John Allen said in a news conference. "Clearly, I think the cell phone was taken to lure her away from the crowd to do her harm," said Allen, commander of the department's special victims squad.
Nassau County authorities say the rape occurred early Sunday on the Hempstead campus east of New York City.
Hofstra officials say they want to ensure the woman receives all available support. A hotline was set up for concerned parents.