Pictured: Brandon Freyre, 20, was charged with kidnapping (second degree), assault (second and third degree), strangulation, terroristic threatening, and criminal mischief
A University of Delaware student was accused of choking a female student until she was unconscious before spraying paint in her eyes and tossing her down a flight of stairs last week, sparking protests across campus.
Brandon Freyre, 20, was charged with kidnapping (second degree), assault (second degree), strangulation, terroristic threatening, assault (third degree), and criminal mischief in connection to the brutal assault on the unnamed woman, who also attends the university.
Newark police said on the morning of October 8, at an off-campus apartment, Freyre and the woman began arguing.
The fight escalated and Freyre ‘struck the victim with blunt objects, sprayed her in the eyes with spray paint and threatened to kill the victim if she contacted police’, according to the department. ‘He next strangled her to unconsciousness’.
PICTURED: Brandon Freyre, right, ‘strangled her to unconsciousness,’ police said
The attack sparked protests across campus, pictured, which have since gone viral in a TikTok video
A screenshot from the TikTok video showing students protesting along the university’s fraternity row, of which Freyre belonged to Kappa Delta Rho
‘Freyre blocked the exit to the room and prevented the victim from leaving the apartment. After about four hours, he threw the victim down a flight of stairs,’ police said.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The exact nature of the relationship between the victim and Freyre remains unclear, however authorities said they knew each other.
Freyre, a sophomore at the university, has since been released from jail after paying a $38,100 cash bail, the National Victim Notification Network reports.
He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on November 10, according to CBS News.
Meanwhile, the University of Delaware told the outlet on Wednesday that Freyre is currently ‘officially separated’ from the school and ‘is not allowed on campus.’
Freyre, a sophomore at the university, has since been released from jail after paying a $38,100 cash bail, the National Victim Notification Network reports
‘One in five college aged women are victims of violence during their time at school’ the TikTok creator captioned part of the video
The university’s chapter of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, of which Freyre was a member, said in a statement that his membership was suspended immediately
The school also said it remains ‘in touch with (the victim) to offer support services and resources.’
The university’s chapter of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, of which Freyre was a member, said his membership was suspended immediately.
On Tuesday, the fraternity announced that Freyre’s membership was permanently revoked for ‘attacking a woman heinously’ adding that ‘there is no place in our society for such behavior.’
Despite the fraternity’s condemnation of their former member, the Kappa Delta Rho house was the target of massive protests in response to the assault.
The Review, the university’s student-run newspaper, reported that protesters could be heard chanting ‘silence is compliance’ while marching along the row of fraternity houses where Kappa Delta Rho is located.
A video of the protests posted to TikTok has since gone viral, with over 1.3 million likes, nearly 20,000 comments and over 45,000 shares as of Thursday.
‘We will not stop until the university acknowledges (the assault) and changes’ the TikTok protest video read, with signs reading ‘protect women’ and ‘we don’t deserve this’
The university, pictured, only released a public statement on the matter after the protests went viral
‘We deserve to feel safe on our campus,’ the video’s creator captioned the post while adding statistics regarding domestic violence.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that 43 percent of college women who are dating have experienced violence and domestic abuse, with over half of college women reporting that they personally know someone who has been the victim of such violence.
The university released a public statement on the matter after the protests went viral.
‘The past few days have been difficult for the University of Delaware community. We are writing to acknowledge the harm inflicted, denounce the violence reported, and call for our community to come together and advance our goals of a campus climate free of all violence, including gender-based violence and violence against women,’ the university said, adding that the assault ‘sparked immediate response’ by the school officials.
‘Our Code of Conduct allows the University to separate students from UD upon an arrest for a violent felony. As such, the university has followed this policy,’ the school said.
‘This recent, heinous incident of domestic violence reminds everyone in our community that we must be vigilant to uphold our values so that all can be safe here and pursue an education without the unjust burden of intimidation or threat to one’s physical and emotional well-being and safety.’