MSU student arrested on suspicion of raping fellow students

2003-10-05T23:00:00Z MSU student arrested on suspicion of raping fellow students The Billings Gazette
October 05, 2003 11:00 pm

Associated Press

BOZEMAN (AP) — A Montana State University student was jailed Sunday on suspicion of raping and sexually assaulting two fellow students at a school dormitory.

Vinnie Dale Red Star, 25, was arrested early Saturday after someone broke into four rooms in the Johnstone Center, and assaulted two students, school officials said. Red Star was arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and burglary.

Director of University Relations Cathy Conover said the investigation indicates Red Star entered four different rooms in the dorm around 4 a.m. Saturday and attacked residents in two of the rooms.

Conover said, the assailant "went into the first room and assaulted a male and the male yelled at him and screamed at him to get out. And that male went to the front desk."

The desk clerk called the floor's resident adviser, who called the resident director. The resident director called university police.

"By the time police had come, he had been in three other rooms," Conover said. "Two rooms had people in there who said 'get out of here' and he did … It was the last room in which he found the other student," and assaulted him, she said.

Police arrested Red Star when he was going back to his room.

Conover said the university is working on a summary suspension to protect against Red Star's return to campus if he is released from jail.

Both the victims were treated and released from a Bozeman hospital. Conover said one of the victims has left MSU.

On Saturday evening, school officials had denied the assaults were sexual in nature.

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