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University police identify suspect in recent suspicious person reports

September 24, 2013

Indiana State University Police have identified the man suspected of approaching female students in recent weeks and offering them rides.

Acting on information provided by an individual who recognized a description of the man from recent news releases and Rave instant message alerts, police determined that the man is Dominick Iacobazzi, 65, of Terre Haute.

According to ISU Police, Iacobazzi is the registered owner of both a red minivan and a gold four door sedan that were identified as being used in the above incidents.

Victims in three incidents have also positively identified him, said university police Chief William Mercier. Records show that Iacobazzi was convicted of child molesting in Daviess County in 1992, Mercier noted.

Mercier said university police stopped Iacobazzi at about 4:10 p.m. Monday (Sept. 23) in the 1200 block of Maple Avenue while driving his gold sedan. He was charged with driving while suspended and was served with a trespass warning to stay away from all university property.

Mercier stated that there is no indication that Iacobazzi was involved in two other recent incidents, the attempted abduction of a male student on Aug. 30 and the Sept. 6 assault of another male student who was approached by a stranger in a vehicle. Those incidents remain under investigation.


Contact: William Mercier, chief, Indiana State University Police Department, 812-237-5555 or