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Drunken Student Bites Officer, Police Say

Police were called to the campus of Villanova University for the report of a highly intoxicated woman.

A 21-year-old Villanova University student from New York City was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault and other charges after she repeatedly fought Radnor Police trying to arrest her around 1:30 a.m. on March 14, according to police.

According to a report, police were called to the campus for the report of a highly intoxicated woman. The woman refused medical evaluation, and was arrested. She resisted arrest by pulling away from officers.

In the process of trying to place her arm behind her back, the woman bit one of the Radnor officers, leaving an abrasion, according to the report. The woman then put her feet against the door frame of the patrol car to avoid being placed in it. Once inside, she kicked the rear passenger door and window, causing minor damage.

Police then had to stop the car because the woman had slipped out of her handcuffs. During that process, she tried to kick an officer in the face, the report states.

In addition to the assault charges, she is charged with reckless endangerment, harassment, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, institutional vandalism and obstruction of justice.

Assaggiatore March 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Expect to see more and more of this if their new dormitories are approved. I grew up here and am sick of seeing things like this happen. I've seen lots of graffiti adjacent to campus too. I doubt many run-of the-mill vandals know the Greek alphabet that well, so claiming I'm being hasty by making students the prime suspects is a bit harsh. Fraternity initiations and/or unsanctioned shenanigans are common on many campuses
Intheweeds March 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM
So you'd rather have events like this happen by students living in Radnor neighborhoods? Isn't it better for the community to have unfortunate (inevitable?) incidents contained on campus?
Mark March 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM
It would certainly be better for the community if these events occur (and they will) that they occur on campus. I do not believe for a minute that VU students will magically return to campus when and if new dorms are built. 'Town and gown' issues are never easy and VU is a real asset to the larger,local community. At the same time, it seems to me that the school's administration needs to do more to instill a sense of pride and discipline in students who otherwise use Radnor and Lower Merion neighborhoods as their private playgrounds.
Radnorite March 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Give me a break. First of all, this woman does not epitomize Villanova or it's student body. Further these things happend EVERYWHERE, not just at Villanova. So please dispense with holding Villanova to some different, unrealistic standard. Society as a whole has bad apples. Now, I will unequivocally say that this woman deserves to be expelled immediately. There is no second chance for such an infraction. Freshman, Sophmore, Junior, Senior; it does not matter. Finally, thankfully this type of behavior, although unfortunate and rare, will be contained in the future on campus. Kudos to Villanova for taking a step in the right direction.
Mark March 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
No one's holding VU to a different standard. The same behavior happens in every college town and you can bet that administrators everywhere are pushed hard to rein in student behavior. And no one here has said, so far, that this woman is typical of all Villanova students. She's not. But if you think that new dorms, if they are built, will resolve the problem, think again.
Radnorite March 27, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Mark- It won't resolve the problem but it will certainly help contain it. As you indicate, college kids make some silly decisions. The decisions this woman made must not be swept under the rug. This is a serious offense. Also, I was speaking in generalities not pointing at you in my comment. That said, I still think many in this town feel that any transgression committed by a VU student immediately is an indication of Villanova being a bad neighbor. That is a biased and skewed way to look at things. This is an unfortunate incident but, as you highlight, it happens everywhere. Finally, I think it is a fallacy to just say that kids will not move back on campus simply because that is how you feel. Villanova is doing its best to address a problem and I find it ironic that its proactivity is being rewarded with static and backlash.
Intheweeds March 27, 2013 at 05:31 PM
" I do not believe for a minute that VU students will magically return to campus when and if new dorms are built." Why, why, WHY does this statement keep getting uttered by people regarding this project???? Of course no students are going to move back onto campus. THEY WILL NEVER LEAVE. As shown with EVERY recent housing introduction at Villanova, they are filled from day 1, with more and more students NEVER moving off campus. And, by the way, Villanova's enrollment has remained static for the past 30+ years. Radnor residents need to ask themselves "Do we want 875 undergraduate Villanova students living in off-campus housing in our neighborhoods? Or do we want 2100? Do we want Villanova to build on an unsightly parking lot with zero adjacent Radnor residents? Or do we want no improvement to storm water management, unchecked traffic, and continued issues in the neighborhoods from 2100 students living there?"
KDS14 March 27, 2013 at 06:24 PM
The constant angst of Radnor residents around local college improvement plans and their complaints of students "walking by my house at 10:00 pm", "making noise" and "parking in the streets" often feels hypocrtical. I think its safe to assume that most of said residents attended a 4-year college and resided on campus. I would dare say that a very large proportion of those also participated in many of the activites with which they're concerned. Just ask yourself, would you want your child's institution to be stiffled in their ability to improve facilities and amenities by "townies"?
Mark March 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Radnorite and Intheweeds: I agree that new dorms should help to reduce friction about VU student behavior. Rad...I didn't take your comment personally, and assumed you were speaking generally. I said in my first post that Villanova is an asset to the community and I believe that, despite the actions of a comparative few. VU students worked with me as interns years ago, I follow VU basketball and attend games, and have been to many concerts and plays there over the years. Intheweeds makes a good point about about the number of students actually living off campus... one of which I was unaware. Perhaps, as Intheweeds points out, it may be that new dorm space will cap or reduce that number over time...although I don't understand the possibility of 2100 living off-campus. So we're clear...I'm not among those who condemns VU lock, stock and barrel. But student mis-behavior is a problem and I think VU needs to keep pressure on students to behave appropriately...but then that's surely the goal anywhere that a college or university is part of a larger community.
Intheweeds March 27, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Mark - there was a fellow Radnor Patch poster on one of the Villanova dorm project proposal articles who was complaining about Villanova students in the neighborhoods, lambasting Villanova for this project, and then finally complaining that when the proposal would be completed, there would still be 875 students living off campus. The University currently has 2100 off-campus residents, and the proposed project would move 1200 of them on campus. Villanova is operating at over 100% capacity in its existing inventory of housing, btw.
Mark March 27, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Ah... got it. I haven't followed the proposal closely enough to know the numbers. Then the dorms really really should make a difference where off campus issues are concerned. Thanks for info.
Radnorite March 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Mark- Great to hear. I am not one for attacking anyone for their beliefs or opinion. Even though I disagree with the prevailing view that has been in place for many years about all things Villanova, I still do not believe in caustic language (even if this is only a message board).
Greg Dool March 29, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Typical Main Line NIMBY nonsense. Wouldn't you rather they build new dorms so that this stuff is confined TO campus?
marcthepig April 01, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Did she transfer from Cabrini?
The Swell Guy April 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
VU Students have elevated themselves from 'CHRONIC NUISANCE' within our community http://radnor.patch.com/articles/lower-merion-stats-show-most-nuisance-charges-from-nova-students#comments to that of RABID MENACE With the constant stream of '800 E.Lancaster Ave' incidents on the Police Blotter, it seems the VU definition of 'Higher Education' relates mostly to Beer, Heroin, and Oxycontin fueled criminality impacting our community. VU a chronic nuisance problem for Radnor Township?,.... nah,.. just a bunch of quasi-studious and Drunken Biters,.. Go Cats Go!!! LOL!!!!!
The Swell Guy April 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
You are so right,... if you do not count the RTPD Officer who was assaulted while making a lawful arrest, as this particular VU criminal student was arrested on the VU campus and only affected others on the VU campus - a situation contained solely on the grounds of VU,.. which is an EXTREMELY a-typical situation, indeed. Normally our entire community is put at risk, pays the price, and has to deal with these VU criminal students with nearly zero enforcement from VU in policing their own. So, I would agree, as the situation did not DIRECTLY impact any Radnor Township property, or any of its citizenry - barring the man-power and expense to local tax-payers, this one case is NOT the normative VU criminal episode. HOWEVER, here is the typical VU criminal actor profile,.. Even AFTER they 'graduate' http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2011/05/04/sports/doc4dc0a1a120de0539990134.txtis
mark May 08, 2013 at 05:05 PM
move idiot, the school has been here longer than you or your house
GoCatsGo May 08, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Excuse me Mr. "The Swell Guy", As a current student at Villanova I am incredibly insulted by your statements. Of course there will be a few knuckleheads who will mess up but to assume that we are all alcoholics and druggies is just idiotic. We are a community of over 7,000 hard working and driven young adults. Please check your facts or at least meet some of the student body before you start running your mouth next time.
The Swell Guy May 28, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Really Mr. 'GoCatsGo'??? Did you bother to read THE FACTS contained in the official report as outlined in the article? http://radnor.patch.com/articles/lower-merion-stats-show-most-nuisance-charges-from-nova-students#comments OR,.. are you simply reacting emotionally to the Rah-rah-sis-boom-bah drum of VU 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' Pep Rally without knowing the statistical facts yourself?

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