Onyekachukwu Chukwuebuk Igwilo, 20, has been charged with raping a Towson University student in his on-campus apartment.
Onyekachukwu Chukwuebuk Igwilo, 20, has been charged with raping a Towson University student in his on-campus apartment. (Courtesy Photo/Baltimore County Police Department)

A Towson University student was arrested and held without bail as police say he raped another student.

Onyekachukwu Chukwuebuk Igwilo, 20, is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, attempted first-degree rape and false imprisonment, Baltimore County Police confirmed late Monday afternoon. Igwilo was denied bail during a court hearing Tuesday and will be continued to be held without bond.

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A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 18, according to online court records.

Igwilo was a resident student at Towson University. He is no longer permitted on campus, according to an internal email sent to the campus community.

According to Towson University Police Department records, the incident occurred Sunday and the victim knows Igwilo. The incident was reported to the Towson University Police Department, which referred it to Baltimore County Police.

Baltimore County Police said Igwilo and the victim were watching a movie in Igwilo’s on-campus apartment around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, when he began making sexual advances toward the victim. She declined, police said, but then Igwilo held her down and raped her. He initially blocked the victim from leaving the apartment but then did let her leave, police said. Police said they did not know exactly how long he kept her in the apartment.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with a “visible injury,” police said. Igwilo was detained by Towson University Police and then arrested by Baltimore County police.

University spokesman Sean Welsh said the campus was making resources available to students and others on campus.

“TU remains committed to providing a learning and working environment free from gender-based harassment, sexual misconduct or assault, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and sexual intimidation,” university officials said in a statement.

Towson University has support services available at its counseling center, which can be reached at 410-704-2515.

Towson-based Turn Around, a nonprofit that serves survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, can be reached 24 hours a day at 443-279-0379.

This story has been updated to reflect Igwilo’s current bail status.

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