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CCU student arrested for assault and kidnapping

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Christopher Gentry (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Christopher Gentry (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Police arrested 20-year-old CCU student Christopher Gentry for assault and kidnapping following an incident at The Cove apartment complex near campus Sunday.

The female victim told campus police that Gentry forced her out of her apartment and pushed her to his room at The Cove Sunday morning.

When the suspect and victim got to his apartment, Gentry locked the door so she could not leave, the victim told police.

Police said the victim had bite marks on her arms, cuts on both her lips, and a mark underneath one of her eyes.

Gentry was arrested Tuesday on campus at the Edwards Building. He was released Wednesday night on $15,000 bond.

CCU Junior Paul Schweda said he used to hang out with Gentry and was surprised to hear about what happened.

"I'd say everyone is pretty surprised but then again nobody really knows for sure what's true or not," Said Schweda.  "I find it hard to believe that he forcibly dragged her that far over there into his apartment cause after meeting him a few times he never seemed like he would do something like that."

Captain Tom Mezzapelle with CCU's Department of Public Safety said even in the wake of this week's incident, students should still feel safe around campus.

"This is not a normal situation," Said Mezzapelle.  "This is really a rare situation especially on our campus and most of those are going to arise out of personal interactions between two people that go awry."

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