Gomes sports a professional look.
Versatile Gomes makes another fashion statement.
UVA law student Joshua Peter Gomes, arrested around 3am December 7 outside of Carruthers Hall and charged with three felony counts, has been released from jail and ordered to stay away from University of Virginia property.
University officials reported the Registrar's office on Emmet Street was broken into December 6, and police were already investigating that when they allegedly found Gomes on the site. He's been charged with two counts of breaking and entering and one possession of burglary tools. He won his release at a Friday, December 9 bond hearing.
"We do not believe he made entry into the facility on December 7th, the night he was arrested," says UVA police spokesperson Melissa Fielding. And she says there were no signs of forced entry.
Police suspect Gomes of entering the Registrar's office to steal official transcript paper, according to a release. Transcript paper was found during a search of his residence after his arrest.
Gomes, 25, is a second-year law student who attended undergraduate school at the University of Connecticut, according to his Linkedin profile. He lists involvement with the Black Law Students Association and the Innocence Project Clinic at UVA. And photos posted on a website called Model Mayhem suggest he's interested in modeling as well.
He's the third UVA law student to fall afoul of the law this year. In April, third-year Johnathan Perkins penned an account of racial profiling and harassment by University Police, only later to confess he'd made up the tale. Authorities did not file charges, and any Honor Code charges would remain confidential.
Shortly after that, second-year Daniel Watkins was arrested May 6 for stalking and assault, charges that were dismissed in August.
Watkins appeared in Charlottesville General District Court December 9 for Gomes' bond hearing. When the hearing was over, Gomes' fiancée mouthed the words "thank you" to Watkins as she walked out of the courtroom.
Gomes appeared via video conferencing from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Before the hearing began, his attorney, Public Defender Jim Hingeley, told Gomes he'd just found out the law student was banned from university property.
Chelsea Cheeks, his fiancée and mother of their two-year-old son, testified for Gomes. She told the judge they were both from Waterford, Connecticut, both have family there, and planned to travel there over the holidays.
Gomes is charged with two counts of breaking and entering while armed with a deadly weapon. Hingeley asked the judge to not consider the part of the charge relating to the deadly weapon as a condition of bond, but did not specify what the weapon was.
Judge Robert Downer approved a $10,000 bond assured by Cheeks. He ordered Gomes to stay away from UVA property, a sprawling place that stretches across much of Charlottesville.
"If you're not sure," the judge told Gomes, "don't go."
Judge Downer okayed travel to Connecticut but ordered Gomes not to possess or consume alcohol and drugs, not to possess a firearm, and to get substance abuse and mental health screenings.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 12.
Updated December 8 with new bond hearing date.
Updated December 9 following the bond hearing.
Original headline: "Registrar-gate? Another UVA law student arrested"