by Sam Levin
Jevon Mallory, an eighteen-year-old St. Louis Community College-Meramec student, has been charged in the violent and random attack on a fellow student inside a campus bathroom.
The nineteen-year-old victim is now telling her story of a trip to the restroom last week that turned into a horrible nightmare.
"He was trying to kill me," she said in one interview. "I just started screaming. I was on the floor asking him to please stop."
UPDATE: Mallory pleaded guilty on October 24, 2014, to choking fellow student Blythe Grupe in the restroom. He faces fifteen years in prison for first-degree assault and will be sentenced in December. Our original story continues below.
Here's a KTVI (Channel 2) interview with the student, who says she is recovering from the attack on Thursday morning.
According to police, she was washing her hands in a bathroom on the Kirkwood campus when Mallory snuck up her, put her in a headlock -- and tried to cover her mouth.
He "whispered to her to keep quiet," but she screamed, according to reports.
Soon, an instructor came running to the bathroom and intervened. She had been in class at the time.
Some local media have reported an assault of a female student by a male student in a women's restroom that occurred on the Meramec campus last Thursday morning. College police immediately responded and apprehended the suspect on the scene, removing the threat from campus. The woman was not injured and refused medical treatment. The suspect was processed, arrested, barred from campus and released, pending application for warrants. Reports of the event were presented to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office today.
As a result of that process, warrants were issued against the suspect in this case, Jevon Mallory, 18, of the 2900 block of Hilleman Avenue. Bond on Mallory was set at $10,000 in relationship to a Class D Felony. He will be held at St. Louis County Jail pending posting of his bond. Mallory has been charged with assault while on school property, a felony.
The campus has increased its police presence and anyone who feels at all uncomfortable may request a police escort.
The safety and security of all St. Louis Community College's students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are a primary concern. Each campus has a full staff of certified police officers who actively monitor activities throughout each campus. It was the quick work of two STLCC-Meramec campus police that brought this situation to an immediate end with the apprehension of the suspect.
Mallory is in jail and does not yet have an attorney listed in court records.