Augustana athlete, MLB draftee charged with felony burglary on campus
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Peyton Zabel, one of South Dakota’s top high school athletes when he graduated from Riggs High in Pierre a year ago as a three-sport star drafted in June by baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers, was arrested and jailed early Saturday, May 11 in Sioux Falls.
He was charged Monday in state court with felony burglary involving the intent to commit criminal sexual contact with a woman on the campus of Augustana University, where Zabel is a freshman, the Pierre Capital Journal reported.
On Monday afternoon, May 13, Zabel appeared in court, charged by Minnehaha County prosecutors with four counts of first-degree burglary, each a Class 2 felony with a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
He also was charged with a count of simple assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
A judge set Zabel’s bond at $5,000 cash or surety.
At his arrest, police also cited Zabel with underage drinking and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, as well as first-degree burglary and simple assault, according to booking information from the jail.
Prosecutors did not include the drinking and disorderly conduct misdemeanors in their charges filed Monday.
Zabel was arrested about 4:15 a.m., Saturday, and booked into jail about 6 a.m., Saturday in Sioux Falls.
The woman told police Zabel entered her unlocked dorm room and climbed into her bed, obviously drunk and tried to grab her and pull her toward him, police spokesman Sam Clemens told reporters in a televised news conference on Monday. The woman, who knew Zabel, said she was able to get away, go to a friend’s room and call police. Zabel was asleep in the bed when police arrived and could not be roused. He was taken to a hospital and when he came to, told police he remembered nothing of the incident, Clemens told reporters, according to several news sources, including the Argus Leader and KELO-TV.
The first-degree burglary charge cited by police and charged Monday by prosecutors in Sioux Falls is defined in state law as anyone who enters or remains in an occupied building without permission, with the intent to commit a crime; or if he inflicts or attempts or threatens to inflict, physical harm on another; or if he is armed with a dangerous weapon; or if the offense is committed at nighttime.
Augustana University, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination, released a statement Monday saying Zabel was suspended from all athletic activities.
The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the 19th round last summer as a pitcher.
He did not play as a freshman quarterback last fall on the football team, according to team information.
Zabel has pitched in several games for Augustana this spring season.