University of Rochester Missing Students Rescued by SWAT Team

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police rescue 2 kidnapped University of Rochester students; 1 victim found shot in leg.

Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, both seniors at the school, were reported missing on Saturday evening under “suspicious circumstances,” police said.Four people were taken into custody Sunday night after a SWAT team rescued two college students that had been allegedly abducted near the University of Rochester. — Two New York college students, one a current member of the football team and the other a former member, have been found safe after police say they were abducted and held hostage.

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. One of the students, whom police have not yet identified, was shot in the leg prior to authorities arriving at the house where the pair were being held, about four miles from campus, according to authorities. University President Joel Seligman described “a collective sense of relief,” in an interview with NBC News, adding, “This could have turned out in a very different way.” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren praised the police in a statement, “As our city’s Mayor and also as a mother I am grateful that our police officers helped make the ultimate outcome of tonight’s situation a good one.”

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