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NCSU grad charged with assault says he regrets incident

Posted May 8
Updated May 9

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— A North Carolina State University graduate stood before a judge Monday to face assault charges in connection with a Sunday morning incident.

Raleigh police said officers responded to 1525 Jarvis Street at about 7:50 a.m. in response to a 911 hang-up call from the location.

Upon arrival, officers said that they found Kevin Chou sticking his head out the window of the home. When he let them inside, they found a 44-year-old woman lying on the floor covered in blood. Authorities said her injuries were the result of an assault with a wooden skateboard.

“There was obvious signs of trauma on the female’s face,” said Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jermaine Sellers. “The suspect then tried to flee the area and then picked up a pipe.”

Sellers said officers eventually got Chou to drop the pipe and took him into custody. He was taken to WakeMed for treatment of injuries sustained during the incident and arrested upon release.

The woman was taken to WakeMed and later transported to UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. She was in a coma Monday afternoon.

“The suspect did make statements that ‘I hurt her. I hurt her bad’ and also ‘I shot her. I killed her,’” said Sellers.

Chou, 23, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

“I’ve never had a violent history,” he said. “I have a full time job, I just graduated from college. I do not believe I’m a threat to myself. This is unfortunate and I regret it.”

N.C. State officials said Chou graduated from the university on Saturday.

Chou was being held under a $350,000 bond Monday afternoon. If released, he must wear an electronic monitoring device.

Chou is scheduled to make his next court appearance on May 27.

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  • Anne Havisham May 9, 5:58 p.m.
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    Wow. This poor woman.

    I don't know if he had a lawyer present, but this young man sounds as if he is need of the help of one or more professionals.

    I just keep coming back to the following statements and wondering if there was someone offering him advice (such as to keep his mouth shut), or if he was unwilling or unable to accept it.

    “ 'I’ve never had a violent history,' he said. 'I have a full time job, I just graduated from college. I do not believe I’m a threat to myself. This is unfortunate and I regret it.' ” In context, these statements may not sound so bizarre, but here they read as a series of non sequiturs and poor attempts at minimizing any (alleged) participation in this crime.

    Again; WOW.