On Saturday, August 29th, 2020, at 10:00 p.m., the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to an on-campus residence hall regarding an assault complaint. The victim of the complaint, student Jacob Cohen (D.O.B. – 04/03/01) suffered a small laceration above his left eye subsequent to a physical altercation in the residence hall.
During the course of the investigation, DPS developed information suggesting that the physical altercation may have been the end-result of a verbal confrontation between Cohen and another male student, after that student had learned that Cohen had allegedly sexually assaulted two of his acquaintances, also students.
Notifications were made to the Syracuse Police Department Abused Persons Unit, and a joint investigation conducted by the Syracuse Police Department Abused Persons Unit, the DPS, and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office began immediately. Over the past several months, numerous people have been interviewed and physical evidence has been collected and analyzed. As a result of those efforts, Cohen was in fact identified as a suspect in the sexual assault of two students.
Cohen is no longer a student at Syracuse University and previously returned home to Ohio. As a result, members of the United States Marshalls Service in Syracuse, New York coordinated with members of the United States Marshalls Service in Columbus, OH, and Cohen was apprehended and arrested in Ohio yesterday by the United States Marshalls Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team. Cohen was charged with Rape, 1st degree, Burglary 2nd degree, Attempt Sexual Abuse 1st degree, and Forcible Touching, relative to the sexual assaults at Syracuse University.
He will be extradited to Syracuse for future legal proceedings.
This investigation was led by Sgt. Alex Cazzolli and Det. Terell Irvine (SPD APU), Lt. Richard Smith (DPS), and ADA Maureen Barry (Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office).
Due to the nature of this investigation, no further information will be released at this time. However, anyone with additional information regarding this investigation, or Mr. Cohen generally, are asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department Abused Person’s Unit at (315) 435-3016.