Crime

New York man visiting Penn State campus faces trespass, drug charges

A man accused of trespassing at a Penn State residence hall also faces drug charges after corrections officers said they found Xanax in his sock while he was being admitted to Centre County prison.

Penn State police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in Brumbaugh Hall at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

Officers found Jacob Aboodi, 19, of Scarsdale, N.Y., in the building. Aboodi said he was visiting his girlfriend and that they were having an argument, police said. Aboodi is not a Penn State student, and his girlfriend said she didn’t want him staying with her, police said.

Police said Aboodi was escorted from the building and was taken to the HUB-Robeson Center after he was unable to contact friends for a place to stay. Aboodi was told he would be charged with trespassing if he returned to the dorm, police said.

Police were called to the residence hall again at 4 a.m. and found Aboodi in a hallway, police said. Witnesses told officers Aboodi had been pounding on his girlfriend’s door asking to be let in, according to court documents. Aboodi smelled of alcohol and had a fake Texas ID and was taken into custody, police said.

He was taken to Centre County prison, and corrections officers reported to state police that they found white pills in a plastic bag in Aboodi’s sock during a search, according to state police. Aboodi said he purchased the pills after arriving in the area, put them in his sock and forgot they were there after being apprehended by Penn State police, according to court documents. The pills were found to be a generic form of Xanax from Pakistan, police said.

Aboodi was charged with felony trespassing and misdemeanor counts of possessing a fake ID and underage drinking in the first incident and with felony inmate contraband possession and a summary drug possession charge for the second. He was arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, who set bail at a combined $120,000. Aboodi posted bail and was released Saturday, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 11.

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