MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A Meridian Community College student was allegedly attacked on campus by her boyfriend on Friday. 20-year-old Kendricuz Hodges was arrested and charged with felony aggravated domestic violence and disorderly conduct.
MCC Administrators and Campus Police are taking this alleged assault seriously.
“They got there in approximately one minute, and they had an individual that took off running on foot," Chief of Police Shane Williams says. "A short foot chase ensued and they ended up taking the individual into custody."
We're told it started as a verbal argument and quickly escalated into a physical altercation in the Thornton Hall parking lot.
We spoke to students who stay in the dormitory on their view on on-campus safety. Some were shocked and surprised to hear about the incident.
“I can say I feel 50/50. Like if I come out at the nighttime I have to watch out for myself, but in the daytime with some many people walking around, I actually feel [safer] because nobody would want to make a scene in front of so many people,” student Devin Martin says.
Chief Williams says Hodges is not a student at the school. Chief Williams says no weapons were involved but says the victim's injuries were severe enough to warrant felony charges.
“I’m really just shocked because I wouldn’t expect anything to happen like that. Knowing that they monitor and stuff. Drive around their trucks. Because you’ll see them at night with their blue lights on top of their trucks. I’m just really surprised something happened like that in front of Thornton Hall,” student Travez Ward says.
The chief says the safety of students and faculty is his department’s top priority. MCC has a very small police department, but the college can call other nearby police agencies for help in emergency situations.
"We've always got cooperation from the Police Department, the Sheriff's Department, Mississippi State University Campus Police. Again, I just can't thank them enough. We're there whenever they need us and we appreciate everything they do for us," Chief Williams says.
Chief Williams says the victim's injuries were checked out and will be ok.
Hodges was taken to a nearby hospital to treat minor injuries sustained before authorities arrived.
Hodges posted bond and is out of jail on $10,000 bond.