POCATELLO — Police arrested a local man at Idaho State University on Sunday morning and are investigating him in connection with an alleged sexual assault that was reported near campus, authorities said.
Police said Eric Chavez, 37, of Pocatello, is currently being held at the Bannock County Jail after being charged with resisting arrest and drug possession.
Police said they began looking for Chavez on Saturday night in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman at an apartment in the South Fifth Avenue area near ISU’s campus.
Around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, ISU issued an emergency text message and email alert to all of its students, faculty and other employees about the alleged sexual assault near campus and the possibility that the suspect was on the loose in the ISU area of Pocatello. ISU’s alert described the suspect as a 37-year-old Hispanic man and urged anyone who spotted him to call 911 immediately.
Pocatello police received reports later Sunday morning that Chavez was on ISU’s campus. When Pocatello police responded to ISU around 9:50 a.m. Sunday, they spotted Chavez at the Student Union building. Chavez saw the officers and fled on foot but Pocatello police immediately chased him down and arrested him, police said.
After being arrested, Chavez was found to have meth in his possession, police said.
Police said their investigation into the allegations that Chavez sexually assaulted the woman is ongoing. As of Monday evening, Pocatello police had not provided additional details regarding the sexual assault and had not charged Chavez with that crime.