Charges against ISU student dismissed


An Iowa State Police officer at a traffic stop on Union Drive. 

Danielle Gehr

Update: The charges against an Iowa State student for third-degree harassment have been dismissed.

Billy Pisanout Noy, 22, was arrested on first-degree harassment charges in March 2018 on the accusations that he was making threats against an individual.

The charges against Noy had been amended in May to third-degree harassment after it was revealed that comments allegedly made by Noy were not related to a weapon as originally described in the criminal complaint.

Original: An Iowa State student was arrested for harassment in the first degree Monday.

Billy Pisanout Noy, 21, senior in mechanical engineering, has since been released from the Story County Jail after someone posted the $5,000 bond, according to Iowa Courts Online.

Iowa State officer Allison Bell responded to a safety escort on March 9 for an individual who felt her life was in danger.

The individual told Bell that Noy made concerning comments via Facebook Messenger regarding an assault rifle, according to the criminal complaint.

“Given the recent events, people have been on edge and concerned,” Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton said. “And so we investigate every one of these that come in to us fully.”

Iowa State officer Ryan Meenagh assisted the Ames Police Department in a welfare check of Noy who admitted he had issues with two people in an engineering club.

Noy told Meenagh one woman in the club treated him poorly.

The officers searched for a weapon after Noy gave them consent and found no weapons. Noy admitted it was a mistake to bring up the assault rifle.

Since meeting the woman who filed the complaint, Noy said his life had gotten increasingly difficult. He said he wanted to go to the club and beat her up, according to the criminal complaint.

Editor’s note: The Daily has omitted details originally reported in the story due to its lack of relevance to the criminal charges.