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Kent State University Police Make Arrests in Sunday Campus Robbery

Posted Nov, 24, 2009

Thanks to quick action and effective investigative skills, the Kent State University Police made four arrests in connection with the robbery that occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, Nov. 22, near the Commons area of campus. A tip provided by a Kent State student and campus surveillance systems helped police identify the four suspects. The suspects arrested Monday evening into Tuesday morning were identified as students Jose Lino, 18, of Akron; Daejshon Norton, 18, Erie, Pa.; and Mykel Benson, 18, of Cleveland. The fourth is a juvenile who is not a Kent State student, and his name is not being released.

“The men arrested in this incident are not representative of our student body,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “Kent State students are law abiding, hard working and great representatives of the many communities from which they hail. For example, over the last two years, our students have volunteered more than 50,000 hours in this community and throughout the country, giving back and helping others. The success of the arrests was a joint effort between our police department and our students who stepped up to provide tips, including the one that ultimately led to these arrests. I appreciate the efforts of the community, in particular our students, to get involved and watch out for each other.”

Kent State University Police Department, one of the first nationally accredited law enforcement agencies in Ohio, will continue to have an increased presence around campus to ensure everyone’s safety. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our first priority, and Kent State University is ranked among the safest campuses in Ohio based on FBI Uniform Crime Statistics Report and Consortium for Higher Education Campus Crime Research. 

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Media Contacts:
Tom Neumann, tneuman1@kent.edu, 330-672-8533
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595