GENESEO – Police arrested a SUNY Geneseo student on charges of attempted rape, assault and unlawful imprisonment Saturday after an incident that is alleged to have occurred the day prior on Wadsworth Street in the village.
Officers with the Geneseo Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Wadsworth Street around 8:13 p.m. May 7 for the report that a man had struck several women in the face.
Officers allege Thomas Aljazani, 22, of Dix Hills, Suffolk County, entered the residence without permission and proceeded to the bedroom of a woman who he punched and tried to rape.
Police Chief Eric Osganian said other residents of the house came together and removed Aljazani from the residence.
By the time officers arrived, Aljazani was no longer at the residence, Osganian said. When officers tried to interview Aljazani, he refused and said his parents had hired an attorney to represent him in the matter, said Osganian.
Aljazani was charged with attempted rape in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, both class C felonies, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and assault in the third degree, both class A misdemeanors.
The address of the residence on Wadsworth Street, which lies a stone’s throw from the campus of SUNY Geneseo, was not disclosed. Aljazani declined to comment through a third party Tuesday morning.
SUNY Geneseo spokesperson Monique Patenaude confirmed Tuesday that Aljazani was a student at the school, but declined to state what year of study he’s in.
“The college has reached out to the District Attorney’s Office to ensure that any actions we might take administratively would not interfere with or jeopardize the ongoing criminal investigation,” Patenaude said. “The investigation is outside of the University Police Department’s jurisdiction.”
Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey said Monday information is continuing to trickle in in the case, which remains under review. He declined to comment further.