Police Charge 6 in Abduction of 2 New York College Students

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

6 charged after 2 Chicago-area students abducted, rescued in New York.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Police have charged six people in connection with the abduction of two New York college students. Authorities in New York announced charges late Monday against six people who they said were responsible for abducting two college students from the Chicago area over the weekend.Two University of Rochester students, including one who is a talented pianist and the other a star football player, were lured into a drug den and beaten and one of them was shot over a weekend-long ordeal, according to police and classmates.Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, both seniors at the school, were reported missing on Saturday evening under “suspicious circumstances,” police said. The two college seniors — Nicholas Kollias, who is featured online performing Chopin melodies, and Ani Okeke-Ewo — were being treated Monday at a Rochester Hospital as police continued their investigation.

At a press conference late Sunday night, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said detectives learned during the course of their investigation that the students had been “forcibly abducted.” “We developed a tactical plan and after observing certain activity in that location the determination was made, we authorized the SWAT team to do an entry and the Rochester Police department SWAT team did enter that location and in fact did a hostage rescue,” Ciminelli told reporters. Lydell Strickland, 26, Dennis Perez, 23, and Leah Gigliotti, 20, all of Rochester, and Samantha Hughes, 19, of Pittsford, were charged with first-degree kidnapping. Police declined to comment on the case details, but classmates of the duo said they were lured to the house by young women, and then jumped by men inside.

Students can go about their regular routines, attend classes, go to the library and to labs, as they normally do.” Ewo graduated from Romeoville High School in 2012 after playing football there, according to former teammate Donald Miller of Bolingbrook. He described how area criminals try to lure victims into buildings with promises of women-filled parties. “When they find out you got money or something, they befriend you,” he said. “They tell you lies to try to get you.” Marquis Green, 26, who just moved in a few doors down from the property, said he and his girlfriend were asleep Sunday night when a blast woke them up, likely from the police raid. “It sounded like a bomb,” he said outside his house Monday afternoon. “I thought we were under attack.” He and his girlfriend jumped out of bed and went outside, where he saw police blocking off the surrounding streets. “Everyone was up on the street,” Green said, saying his neighbors told him of police vehicles rushing to the property. According to a 2015 roster posted on the university’s website, Ewo is a cornerback for the football team, while Kollias was listed as a defensive end on the 2014 roster. University President Joel Seligman issued a statement Monday saying: “I will, at an appropriate time in the near future, be able to provide more detail about this very serious, but isolated, incident.” He was also named to the All-Academic Team in the Liberty League, handled accounting for the university residential hall league and some social media for the school and served as keynote speaker for an alumni relations.

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