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CINCINNATI - A University of Cincinnati student is behind bars after being arrested on charges stemming from multiple incidents at the Columbus home of an ex-girlfriend in January.

Wenbin Shi, 21, faces nine felony charges, including three counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

According to police reports, officers responded to 1843 Trina Way in Columbus on the evening of Jan. 25 after receiving reports that a sexual assault was taking place. Upon arriving at the scene, officers say they found both Shi and the victim, an Ohio State student.

The victim, whose name has not been released, said Shi broke into her residence where he sexually assaulted her. The victim said Shi traveled to Columbus on three consecutive weekends and "entered her residence, held her against her will and sexually assaulted her."

Columbus police said the victim and Shi had dated in the past but broke up prior to the assaults. 

Shi told police he lived at the Stetson Square apartment complex where he was arrested by Cincinnati police Wednesday. A spokesperson for Stetson Square apartments said Shi was never a tenant at the complex and does not have a lease on file.

The following statement was released Friday afternoon:

It has been reported that University of Cincinnati student, Wenbin Shi, was a resident at Village at Stetson Square Apartments.

Wenbin Shi is not a resident at Village Stetson Square Apartments, as he is not on any lease on file with our office.

All Village at Stetson Square Apartment's residents, over 18-years-old, are required to undergo a criminal background check before moving into the community.

We are fully cooperating with the police throughout this situation.

The defendant was originally arrested and charged Jan. 25 with one count of kidnapping and one count of rape. Shi was taken to the Franklin County Jail and arraigned the next morning and released on a bond. 

A Franklin County Grand Jury returned a nine-count indictment against Shi on Monday, according to the Columbus Police Department.

He was in the custody of Cincinnati police Thursday but is expected to be extradited to Columbus later this week.

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