- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Silver Spring man suspected of sexually assaulting a University of Maryland student in her dorm room was spotted and arrested on campus two days after the incident, university police said Thursday.

The man has been identified as Oluwafemi T. Charles, 28, who was spotted at a campus dining hall and arrested Wednesday, police said.

Mr. Charles, who was not a student at the university, faces charges of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense.

The break in occurred early Sunday morning when, authorities say, Mr. Charles entered the unlocked Cumberland Hall dorm room of the 18-year-old student while she was asleep in an attempt to steal property. He touched the woman, waking her, and he packed her laptop computer in its carrying case as if preparing to take it, said Capt. Marc Limansky, a University of Maryland police spokesman.

The woman’s roommate entered their seventh-floor room and interrupted the man, causing him to leave.

“She walked back at the right moment,” Capt. Limansky said.

In addition, a stolen car found on campus has been traced to Mr. Charles. And police are investigating whether several items found inside the vehicle might have been stolen from people on campus, No charges related to the car had been filed as of Thursday.

Police think Mr. Charles got into the dorm by following students inside after they had swiped their access cards. Students must use the cards to enter the dorm and use the elevators.

Police are warning students not to allow people to follow them into student housing and not to leave dorm rooms unlocked, even for short periods of time.