Students charged with aggravated assault, jailed

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Two University of North Texas freshmen accused of shooting pellets at two other students on campus over the weekend have been booked into the city of Denton jail.

Raymond Wax and Victor Avina, both 19, were charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Monday evening. Bond has been set for each of them at $50,000.

Avina, a chemistry major, admitted to detectives Monday that he shot at the two women students at Clark Hall in the 1700 block of Maple Street, according to a sworn statement submitted by police in seeking his arrest.

Two women students reported that on Friday they were shot at several times with a pellet gun while they were sitting on a bench at Clark Hall, according to UNT police.

A second incident early Saturday was reported at a gas station by the same two women students. One customer at the gas station was struck in the leg by a pellet or BB, according to a university email alert.

Wax, a mechanical and energy engineering major, consented to a vehicle search by UNT police Sunday. Officers found an Airsoft gun and BB pellets, but he denied being involved in the shooting incident earlier in the weekend, according to police records.

Avina told police that Wax also shot at the two women, according to the sworn statement by police.

Wax lived at the residence hall where the shooting initially took place and was arrested on campus. Avina, an Aubrey resident, was brought in on a warrant during a traffic stop.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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