CONWAY, Ark. — On February 6 police arrested a former University of Central Arkansas Resident Assistant in connection to a possible rape of an 18-year-old woman in a UCA dorm.
Isaac Tape has been charged with one count of rape.
Students were shocked and couldn’t believe it. We spoke to one student who knew Isaac and says he was a nice person.
It’s been almost eight months since the incident happened and some students say the school should have notified them.
According to a UCA police report, a woman told UCA police in June of 2019 that she had been raped by an RA of the dorm, Isaac Tape.
“It’s just crazy honestly because we worked together like, that was my co RA,” Astreya Clarke said.
Astreya Clarke couldn’t wrap her mind around what happened.
“It’s weird,” she said.
According to the report, the woman said that they were at a dorm event in New Hall dorms at UCA, and after the event she went with him and his friend back to Tape’s room.
While in his room she says that they drank orange juice while talking with one another.
She states that after a few drinks, Tape’s friend left the room and she did not have enough strength to fight back and Tape then forced her clothes off and began to rape her.
“Yea it’s totally unfortunate, it shouldn’t happen and it’s just really bad,” Ryan Liew said.
When police talked to Tape he said they had been drinking Orange juice and Vodka while playing ‘truth or drink’. He states that she knew there was alcohol in the juice and that she was sitting on his lap while they played the game.
“I’m just confused,” Clarke said.
The school says Tape is no longer a student at the school, but people say they should have been notified when it happened.
“As an employee, I feel like I should know who I’m working with,” Clarke said.
“At the same time, I do kind of see the perspective of the administrator’s office because there are always both sides to the story you don’t want to just ruin his image just like that so until the evidence like the lawyer said you’re innocent until proven guilty so I stand for that too,” Liew said.
Tape says that when his friend left the room they began to kiss when she told him ‘no’ and he says he left the room. He then says that she came back to him about five minutes later asking him to sleep with her. He states that they then had sex that night.
Police called Tape’s friend who was in the room with Tape and the woman, who said that they were sitting around talking when they decided to go to sleep. He then states that the woman came back to the door to ask Tape to sleep with her, and that Tape went with her into the other room. He told police she came back two days later where she and Tape talked and then he says Tape asked her to leave because he didn’t want any trouble.
Police delivered the case to a prosecuting attorney in July and then in January police requested a warrant for his arrest, and contacted Georgia State University police where they arrested Tape and he now awaits extradition from Georgia.