Police said the woman suffered minor injuries when a known suspect – identified as Montana Jack Nicolay – assaulted her with a knife, threatened to kill her and stopped her from leaving her room, according to a Charlotte Observer story.
Nicolay already was facing charges of felony death by vehicle, hit and run and driving while impaired after a crash more than two months ago that killed his 42-year-old passenger, Tina Marie Watson, according to The Observer. Nicolay was driving on Scaleybark Road when he lost control, ran off the road and struck a power pole. He ran from the scene and was later arrested, The Observer reported. Those charges are pending.
According to a review of Mecklenburg County arrest records by The Chronicle, Nicolay also was arrested Jan. 21, 2010 and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and for carrying a concealed gun. In May, he was arrested two consecutive days (May 2-3) for injury to personal property.
On Friday, Queens issued a RexText informing students of the assault, noting the suspect was “not a member of the Queens community.”
“Dean Downey is working with the student and their family to offer support. We ask that the Queens community respect the student’s privacy,” said the RexText message from Clarence Birkhead, associate vice president for safety and security. “Safety is always our paramount concern at Queens. We want to reassure our community that this was not a random act of violence and we are cooperating with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.”
In an interview Friday, Queens spokesperson Vanessa Willis said, “The student is in class, doing OK, and getting the help that she needs.”
Although the crime was committed in North Hall, an off-campus residence hall, Willis noted that there are still security precautions in place, including RAs and an RC. Campus police patrols the region, and can “respond much more quickly,” according to Willis.
Procedure is being followed to ensure that Nicolay isn’t permitted to campus should he be released. Photos of the suspect have been given to campus police.
Willis said this type of crime occurs rarely on Queens’ campus. “We’re fortunate that the mass majority of our crimes are property damage.”
Queens offers the following safety tips:
- Lock your doors.
- Don’t leave valuable property in plain sight.
- Use a buddy system. Check in with your friends.
- Be vigilant. Report suspicious activity.