Augustana athlete arrested for allegedly entering woman's room, grabbing her

UPDATE, 11:00 a.m.: An Augustana student-athlete is facing several charges after police say he entered a woman's dorm room, got into her bed, and grabbed her.

Nineteen-year-old Peyton Zabel was arrested early Saturday morning, according to Public Information Officer Sam Clemens.

Clemens says an 18-year-old woman awoke around 4:30 a.m. to find Zabel in her bed. She told him to leave, but he refused, and began grabbing her.

Zabel eventually let go, and the woman was able to leave the room. She went to a friends' room to call police.

Officers eventually arrived at the dorm, which is on the 2300 block of S. Grange Avenue, to find Zabel still in the bed. They tried waking him up, but were unable to, so they took him to a hospital.

Clemens said Zabel eventually came to, but was unaware of what had happened. He had a blood alcohol level of .163.

Investigators say Zabel and the woman knew each other, but she was not aware it was Zabel during the incident.

Clemens said the door to the room was unlocked, so Zabel has not been charged with breaking and entering.

Zabel is charged with first-degree burglary, which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. He is also charged with disorderly conduct and underage alcohol consumption charges.

Zabel plays both baseball and football at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. He also had a successful career at Pierre High School, where he led the governors to a AA football title.

Augustana's Dean of Students office released the following statement regarding the incident:

"Augustana University is investigating the incident that took place the morning of May 11 and is currently working with the authorities regarding the matter. The university does not comment on the specifics of individual student cases due to federal student privacy laws but adheres to a code of conduct for its students. Per the Augustana University Code of Conduct and the Athletic Code of Conduct, the student-athlete is suspended indefinitely from all athletic activity until the investigation is completed."