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News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

4-29-08

Contacts:

Gene Deisinger, ISU Police, (515) 294-4529, erdeisin@iastate.edu

Former employee who attempted to access Ames Lab arrested

At approximately 1:30pm today, ISU Police arrested Alexandra Tsokol for Violation of a No Contact or Protective Order (Iowa Code 664A.7(1)).

Earlier today the Ames Laboratory buildings were locked as a precautionary measure to help prevent Tsokol (a former employee) from gaining unauthorized access to the facility. Ames Lab buildings remain locked for now.

Tsokol had been arrested on Thursday, April 24 for 2nd Degree Harassment (Iowa Code 708.7) by the Ames Police Department. The arrest resulted from an incident in which she allegedly threatened an Ames Laboratory employee at his off-campus residence. That arrest led to the court issuing a No Contact Order, barring Tsokol from communication or contact with the Ames Laboratory employee. The order also barred Tsokol from being in the immediate vicinity of the residence or place of employment of the protected party.

On Sunday, April 27, Tsokol reportedly went to the Ames Laboratory facility and attempted to gain access to the Laboratory complex. Laboratory security staff and ISU Police officers confronted Tsokol and notified her that she was barred from the premises. Tsokol's actions were subsequently determined to be a violation of the No Contact Order, and a warrant was obtained for her arrest.

Tsokol was arrested without incident at the Ames Motor Lodge, 318 E. Lincolnway, Ames. Following her arrest, Tsokol was transported to the Story County Sheriff's Office where she was being held on a bond of $2000.

Earlier today the Ames Laboratory buildings were locked as a precautionary measure to help prevent Tsokol (a former employee) from gaining unauthorized access to the facility.

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Note: The charges filed in this case are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.