Student arrested in Hurst Hall

On April 13, a Ball State student was arrested by university police in connection to a battery case.

Bakhtiyor Khafizov, 21, was arrested on suspicion of alleged battery with bodily injury, strangulation, criminal confinement, interference with reporting a crime and residential entry.

According to a UPD report, officers were dispatched to Hurst Hall in LaFollette Complex in reference to a battery. The victim said she and Khaizov had dated but recently ended their relationship and Khafizov had forced himself into her dorm room, according to the report.

Authorities are unsure as to how Khafizov gained entry to the building.

The victim said Khafizov grabbed her cellphone to prevent her from calling the police and forcibly confined her to the room.

The report said Khafizov caused pain to the victim's wrists and right knee and pushed her on the bed and placed one hand around her throat.

She eventually managed to escape the room after at least one failed attempt and contacted the authorities.

Khafizov was taken to UPD headquarters for an interview and was later transported to the Delaware County Jail.

UPD chief Gene Burton said incidents like these are rare on campus and not something UPD deals with regularly.

There have only been 14 battery cases in residence halls since 2009.

Even though incidents such as this aren't common, Burton still encourages students to err on the side of caution.

"If you feel like there's an issue that might turn into something, it's better to be a little bit preventive on something than to wait on something bad to happen," he said.

Khafizov's name, along with 22 other individuals, has been placed on the Ball State Trespass notice site, meaning Khafizov and those listed are no longer allowed on campus.  


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