Purdue police arrest suspect after reported sexual assault on campus

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Cheng Li

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Police Department arrested a man early Wednesday morning after a sexual assault that occurred on campus.

Police responded to a report of sexual assault in the area of Hilltop Apartments around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police say they located the suspect, Cheng Li, 28, early Wednesday morning and arrested him around 5 a.m.

Li, a postdoctoral research associate in Purdue’s Department of Food Science from the Henan Province in China, was taken to Tippecanoe County Jail around 5:10 a.m.

According to police, Li and the victim, who is a Purdue undergraduate international student, were acquainted. The victim told police she met Li on a chat app, and they met outside her apartment building sometime around 8 p.m. Tuesday. At one point, Li followed the victim into her apartment where he confined and sexually battered her before leaving. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries.

Li faces preliminary charges of sexual battery, a level 6 felony, and criminal confinement, a level 6 felony. He’s being held on no bond.

That is the only information police are releasing at this time. We will update this story when more information is made available.