Daily Police Blotter: 2 Charged in SMU Student's Assault

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    DALLAS POLICE CHARGE 2 IN ASSAULT OF SMU STUDENT
    Dallas police have charged two men Wednesday in connection with the weekend abduction and sexual assault of an SMU student. The 20-year-old woman was leaving a party with friends when she was grabbed at gunpoint by three men in the 1800 block of North Garrett Avenue early Saturday morning. Arturo Arevalo, 28, and Alfonso Zuniga, also 28, have been charged with aggravated sexual assault. Police questioned them and arrested them Tuesday on unrelated charges. Police said charges are pending, but had not been filed, against a third man.

    GEEK SQUAD HELPS IN CHILD PORN BUST
    A Dallas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to downloading child pornography after the Geek Squad found it on his home computer and called police, prosecutors said. Matthew Ruff, 29, a biomedical engineer, faces six to eight years in prison, according to a plea agreement. According to court documents, Ruff called the Geek Squad from Best Buy to fix his home computer in June 2008. Click here to read this story on NBCDFW.com.

    97-YEAR-OLD WOMAN KILLED IN HOME INVASION
    A 97-year-old woman was killed Tuesday in a home-invasion robbery in the 500 block of North Westmoreland Road, Dallas police said. Investigators said Inez Skelton's caregiver found her dead and called 911. Police said a $500 TV was missing from the home. Schepps Dairy is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dallas police at 214-671-3661. Click here to watch a video report on NBCDFW.com.

    DRIVER KILLED IN TRAIN COLLISION
    A 48-year-old Burleson man died Tuesday when his vehicle collided with a train in the 1400 block of County Road 921, the Star-Telegram reported. Blackwell was westbound on CR 921 and a Burlington Northern Sante Fe train was traveling north when the collision occurred, police said. Blackwell apparently disregarded the crossing arms and warning signals, police said.

    WATER MAIN BREAK CREATES ICE, WRECKS
    At least five separate wrecks followed a water main break that caused a sheet of ice to form Wednesday in the 5200 block of Walnut Hill, Dallas police said.  The water service to the area residents was interrupted for 4 to 6 hours when the eight-inch diameter water pipeline failed at about 7:45 a.m. Dallas Water Utilities said it had no knowledge or pending work orders for issues with the pipeline prior to Wednesday morning's event.