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May 14, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An Augustana University football and baseball player faces assault and burglary charges and has been suspended from athletics at the Sioux Falls school after a weekend incident.

Authorities allege 19-year-old Peyton Zabel drunkenly walked into a woman’s unlocked room on campus at 4:30 a.m. Saturday and got into her bed. The 18-year-old woman told police Zabel grabbed her but let her go after a struggle. She wasn’t hurt.

Police say the two know one another, and there was no forced entry to the room.

Zabel made his initial court appearance Monday. A judge set bond at $5,000 cash or surety, which defense attorney Clint Sargent did not contest. Sargent did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

Zabel is a Pierre native who committed to Augustana in 2018 after turning down an opportunity to play professional baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers.