Purdue students react after fellow student is charged with strangling woman on campus

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By Tanae Howard

WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University students are responding after a man was charged with strangling a woman on campus in broad daylight.

Boda Wu, 21, was formally charged with five felonies in connection with the August 31 incident.

According to court documents the female graduate student said she was standing on the Purdue Mall Drive waiting to load the bus for a student trip. That's when she says Wu, whom she never met approached her. She says he never said a word during the attack.

According to a probable cause document "before she could say anything to him, the male extended his arms over her head holding a white phone cord. He then crossed his arms so the cord crossed her neck and restricted her airway. "

Word of the incident is starting to spread on campus.

"I think that's really random. It kind of brings the attention to the fact you don't really know what's going on and anything can happen and it just makes you more aware," said Purdue junior Cynthia Ramirez.

It was the bus driver for that student trip that heard the woman screaming. Police say he wrestled Wu off of the victim and held him until police arrived. For freshman Sarah Virgil, this crime is alarming.

"It was very scary to come into a whole different world basically here because I'm from such a small town so that stuff hasn't really happened around me so it is frightening," said Virgil.

This comes as students are still healing from the deadly January shooting inside the electrical engineering building.

"I'm more aware of what's going on. It's in the back of my mind so I try not to worry about it too much but its still back there," said Ramirez.

Wu is facing five felonies. Two counts of criminal confinement, two counts of battery and a count of strangulation.

The victim suffered injuries to her throat and jaw. She also had scratches and bruises to her shoulder and some bleeding in her eye.

Wu remains behind bars.

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