SOU student arrested for assault, burglary

Police arrested a Southern Oregon University student for burglary and assault early Sunday morning.

Garrett Brock Schaad, 21, broke into two apartments on Second Street around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and fractured the cheekbone of one of the residents, police said. Schaad appeared to have been drinking, and police thought he may have been confused about where he was. Schaad knocked down a locked door to enter one of the apartments and was trying to enter the second when police arrived. He also attempted to attack an officer when they went to arrest him, police said.

Schaad was charged with second-degree assault, physical harassment, two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, three counts of second-degree criminal mischief and one count of resisting arrest. He is being held at the Jackson County Jail on bail of more than $1 million.

"This is a very rare occurrence," said Ashland Deputy Police Chief Rich Walsh. In the past three years, 215 burglaries and 188 assaults, but the crimes are almost mutually exclusive. Most burglaries and robberies do not involve assault, and most assaults are domestic disputes or occur at bars.

Schaad has been enrolled at SOU since the spring of 2007, according to enrollment officials. He signed a letter of intent to play football last March as a transfer student, but never made it to a game. Instead, he played a season at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, where he was listed as a criminal justice major. Southern Oregon University head football coach Steve Helminiak said Schaad was trying to get back on the SOU squad, but nothing had been finalized.

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