SIUE students accused of kidnapping, battery with freshly baked cookies
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- Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 21:05:28 GMT
Two articles from the Belleville [IL] News-Democrat--
SIUE students accused of kidnapping, battery with freshly baked
BY JENNIFER K. HASAMEAR
Two SIUE students were charged Monday with kidnapping after police
said they held and tortured a man, paddling him and burning him with
freshly baked cookies, after a drug deal went bad.
Rosario A. James, 23, of 3840 Wanda Road, and Jordan E. Sallis, 20,
427 Cougar Village Road, both of Edwardsville, each were charged with
two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of robbery and
aggravated battery. James and Sallis were being held Monday at Madison
County Jail with bail for each set at $150,000.
On Friday evening, three men arrived at James' house to buy marijuana,
but two of the men grabbed the drugs and fled, leaving the third
behind, Sheriff's Capt. Brad Wells said.
Wells said police were told the house is a fraternity house, but
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville spokesman Greg Conroy would
not confirm it Monday. He said did not know any details of the arrests
or the crime.
The suspects held the man, who is in his late teens, against his will,
and told him he needed to find $400 for the drugs, Wells said.
"They were torturing him," Wells said.
The suspects beat the man with a wooden paddle, burned his neck and
shoulders with hot cookies immediately after taking them from the
oven, shaved off a portion of his hair and poured urine over him from
a soda bottle, Wells said. The victim was not hospitalized but did
suffer severe bruising, Wells said.
The victim attempted to get money from several people. About 1 a.m.
after the suspects drove him to a house in the 200 block of West Union
Street in effort to get money for the drugs, he was able to get inside
and call police, Wells said.
Both suspects were taken into custody Saturday morning. Police
arrested James at the house where he lives and searched it, Wells
said. Police arrested Sallis in the parking lot outside his apartment
in Cougar Village.
Contact reporter Jennifer K. Hasamear at jhasamear @bnd.com or
Student leader at SIUE is shocked by allegations of torture with hot
BY MARIA BARAN AND JENNIFER HASAMEAR
A fellow student leader said Tuesday he is shocked by allegations that
a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student kidnapped and
tortured a man with hot cookies.
Jordan E. Sallis, 20, who lived on campus, was the vice president of
the SIUE National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing body of the
eight historically black fraternities and sororities.
Sallis and Rosario A. James, 23, of Edwardsville, both were charged
Monday with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of
robbery and aggravated battery. They allegedly held and tortured a
man, paddled him and burned him with freshly baked cookies, after a
drug deal went bad. The house where the alleged crime took place is
unofficially known as the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity house, university
"It really just shocked me," said Richard Mann, a 22-year-old SIUE
Mann, president of the SIUE National Pan-Hellenic Council and a member
of Alpha Phi Alpha, said he has known Sallis for three years and
called him a "stand-up guy."
"I hope these are false charges, because this doesn't fit his
character," Mann said.
According to Mann, Sallis was elected as vice president of council in
April by fraternity members of the eight groups. He had been nominated
for the position by his own fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi.
Police said three men arrived at James' house at 3840 Wanda Road to
buy marijuana, but two men grabbed the drugs and fled, leaving the
third behind. The suspects held the third person, who is in his late
teens, against his will, and told him he needed to find $400 for the
drugs, according to police.
Madison County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Gary Burns said police had
been called to the house a few times in the past for loud parties, but
nothing more serious.
Four members of the fraternity are listed as the renters of the home,
which is owned by Sugarloaf Landscape Nursery, Burns said.
Mann said the case, as well as that of another former fraternity
leader who was arrested last summer, damages the groups' reputation.
"This hurts our school name as a whole," Mann said.
In July, 22-year-old Olutosin O. Oduwole was charged with attempting
to make a threat against a university and storing a gun on campus
after a note was found in the back seat of his car. Oduwole, who was
serving as the president of the SIUE fraternity Iota Phi Theta at the
time, has pleaded not guilty.
According to the SIUE student newspaper, The Alestle, Sallis was a
member of the student senate during the 2006-2007 academic year, but
was removed from office in February for missing more than two
University officials said James had been a member of the fraternity in
the past, but they were unsure whether he was still a member.
Contact reporter Maria Baran at mbaran @bnd.com or 659-0985. Contact
reporter Jennifer K. Hasamear at jhasamear @bnd.com or 692-1149.
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