Man recalls how he stopped attempted strangulation at Purdue

Photo shows Boda Wu from a previous arrest. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Don Laffoon said he was waiting for students to board his commercial bus when he heard the screams of someone in trouble.

“I just thought I had to help her because of the fact that it just wasn’t right,” Laffoon said.

He said it was outside Schleman Hall that he saw a man with something wrapped around the neck of another female student.

“He still had the phone cord in his hands and the cord on her to where she couldn’t get away,” said Laffoon.

That’s when Laffoon said instinct kicked in. The 14-year Newton County Corrections officer said he stepped in and grabbed 21-year-old Boda Wu.

“I wrist locked him and told him to let go of the cord and let go of the young lady,” said Laffoon.

He explained it took a few minutes before Wu finally let go. He said the female student was taken to a nearby bench while he called police.

Laffoon held Wu down, and said Wu stayed silent until police arrived.

“He was just kind of in a daze and stared off into space,” said Laffoon.

Wu was arrested and faces five charges including battery and strangulation. Laffoon said he hopes the punishment fits the crime.

“Somebody like that doesn’t need to be in society,” said Laffoon. “We have to take people like that off the streets.”

The incident is still under investigation by the prosecutor’s office.

Wu is being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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