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.