The Corvallis Police Department has arrested a Corvallis man on a number of charges, including a rape, at an off-campus apartment located on N.W. 23rd Street, as well as four incidents of burglary within Cauthorn Hall in the early morning hours of March 18. The University was notified today of the connection between the two incidents by the Oregon State Police.
CPD and the Oregon State Police arrested Ronald Wesley Vaughan, 22, of Corvallis, in connection with the alleged off-campus sexual assault and the Cauthorn burglary incidents. He is a former Oregon State University student.
Vaughan is scheduled to be arraigned today in Benton County Circuit Court and could possibly be released on bail. Police describe the suspect as a 5-foot-7-inch tall Hispanic male, weighing approximately 145 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Anyone with information about either the Cauthorn Hall or off-campus incidents, or similar incidents at any other location involving this individual, is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 541-737-3010.
Vaughan is in custody and is not currently perceived to be an ongoing threat to the community, however, we take this opportunity to remind our campus community members to take measures to continue protecting themselves and their property. We understand at this time that Vaughn’s attempts to burglarize some campus residential spaces was not successful due to the fact that students confronted him while he attempted to enter unlocked doors. While crime victimization is never the victim’s fault, campus community members are reminded to lock their doors and windows (even while you are in your rooms or just up the hall as an added measure of security), to not allow unknown or unidentified individuals to enter the residence halls, and to continue reporting any suspicious behavior by calling 911, as occurred with students in this case who reported someone trying to enter their secured rooms.
NAME: Vaughan, Ronald Wesley
HEIGHT: 5 feet 7 inches
WEIGHT: 145 pounds
APPROXIMATE AGE: 22
If you see this person on campus, do not approach or contact him. Call the Oregon State Police, University Patrol Office at 541-737-3010.
- Emergency Number: 541-737-7000
- Non-Emergency Number: 541-737-3010
- Updated Information: 541-737-8000
Clery Program Coordinator
Oregon State University
Cascade Hall, Rm 200
Corvallis, OR 97331