Police say Missouri rape suspect is homeless, not a student

Zachary Jones rape suspect

(St. Louis Today) – A man was arrested Saturday after a rape and attempted sex assault were reported on the University of Missouri campus earlier in the day.

Zachery Ryan Jones, 21, described by police as homeless and not a student at the university, was being held at the Boone County Jail pending a bond hearing.

He was arrested about 4 p.m. Saturday and faces one count of rape and one count of sodomy, campus police said. No other information was available, and the investigation is continuing, police said.

In the attempted sexual assault, a woman reported she was walking along University Avenue near the Mumford Hall classroom building shortly before 4 a.m. when she was approached from behind by an unknown man, according to a posting on the campus online emergency information website.

 

After a brief conversation, the man grabbed her and forced her to the ground. He attempted to sexually assault her, but she fought him off and called 911 from her cellphone.

At 11 a.m. police received a report of a rape at 5:30 a.m. near the Student Recreation Complex, police said. No other information on the incident was reported.

“With the assistance of our university community and work from our officers and detectives, we were able to identify and arrest the suspect quickly,” MU Police Chief Doug Schwandt said.