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UPDATED: Second sexual assault report of the week leads to arrest of TAMUK student

UPDATED: Second sexual assault report of the week leads to arrest of TAMUK student

Updated on Sept. 13 at 3:00 p.m.

Another sexual assault was reported on campus for the second time in one week, according to Texas A&M University-Kingsville Police Department (TAMUK UPD).

UPD arrested the suspect, 21-year-old TAMUK sophomore Tomas Solis, and he has since been transported to Kleberg County Jail under the charge of aggravated sexual assault, according to Adriana Garza, Social Media and Engagement Manager.

Solis’ bail has been set at $50,000, which he has not posted yet, according to Kleberg County Jail.
The report was filed late afternoon on Sept. 11, though UPD Chief Felipe Garza said the incident occurred on Sept. 7 in Turner Hall.

The incident was completely unrelated to the other sexual assault, which was reported to be on the same day, according to Adriana Garza.

“We have an 18-year-old female reporting that a male student by the name of Tomas Solis had sexually assaulted her on (Sept. 7) in his room,” Chief Garza said. “He had invited her to his room on the pretext of watching a show. There, he attacked her and used force to hold her back and wouldn’t let her leave his room.”

Chief Garza said the victim had no visible bruises, but there was still enough evidence to arrest Solis.

“No (bruising) was apparent to us. However, we took her to the hospital to do the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Kit, and they’ll be able to better tell us if she had been injured,” he said. “We had a search of the room where the incident happened and we found what we believe to be evidence of the crime, so we’ll be sending that information off to the lab today.”

Because the two reports stem from different circumstance, UPD is handling the cases in different ways.
“They’re two completely unrelated cases, two different sets of people, the circumstances are completely different,” Chief Garza said. “We’re dealing with this individually.”

Though this is an unusual trend of sexual assault reports, Chief Garza said he hopes these cases will inspire other victims to step up and speak out.

“These women were very strong to come forward, they showed a great inner strength to come forward and report what had happened,” he said. “If they’re reporting these, it will bring other people who have been sexual assaulted to come forward and report it or keep other people from becoming victims.”

Chief Garza hopes to have the investigations for both cases wrapped up by early next week.

Posted on Sept. 12 at 5:38 p.m.

Another sexual assault was reported on campus for the second time in one week, according to Texas A&M University-Kingsville Police Department (TAMUK UPD).

UPD arrested the suspect, 21-year-old TAMUK sophomore Tomas Solis, and he has since been transported to Kleberg County Jail under the charge of aggravated sexual assault, according to Adriana Garza, Social Media and Engagement Manager.

The report was filed late afternoon on Sept. 11, though UPD Chief Felipe Garza said the incident occurred on Sept. 7 in Turner Hall.

The incident was completely unrelated to the other sexual assault, which was reported to be on the same day, according to Adriana Garza.

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