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Former SMU student arrested for allegedly choking coed in dorm

Former SMU student arrested for allegedly choking coed in dorm

Former SMU student Robert James Young has been charged with assault over allegations that he punched and choked a coed on campus. The incident, characterized as dating violence, is believed to have occurred around 1:20 am on October 5 at Loyd Residential Commons.

SMU police issued a campus crime alert on October 6 and began circulating Young's photograph. The 22-year-old Fort Worth resident turned himself in to SMU police on the same day. Young was booked into the Dallas County Jail on a $15,000 bond for felony family violence. He has since been released on bail.

This is the second student assault at SMU in as many months. In September, a coed reported that she was sexually assaulted by a student in the Crum Residential Commons. No arrests have been made in that case.

Young, who is no longer an SMU student, was previously arrested for harassing a public servant in July. A grand jury declined to indict on that charge earlier this year.

Robert James Young
Robert James Young, 22, is a former SMU student. Photo via SMU Police