SWAT Team Rescues 2 Abducted NY College Students


Four people were in custody on Sunday night after a New York SWAT team rescued two missing college students who were held hostage after being abducted by their kidnappers, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

The University of Rochester seniors, Ani Okeke Ewo and Nicholas Kollias, were last seen near their school at around 2 a.m. Saturday, before being reported missing later that evening under "suspicious circumstances."


During an investgiation, authorities learned that the two young mean were "forcibly abducted" and being held hostage in a home about four miles from the campus.

A SWAT team entered the home, rescuing the two young men who were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One of the students had been shot in the leg prior to the rescue, the news site notes. 

The four suspects will most likely face kidnapping and assault charges, and more arrests may come, the Democrat and Chronicle notes. 

"I do want to point out this was a directed event and we have no information or evidence of any kind that this constituted a general threat to the University of Rochester community, nor do we have any information or evidence that there is a threat or safety concern to the University of Rochester community at this point," Rochester Police Chief Michael Cimnelli told the site, noting that the young men were specific targets, although he did not offer any more details. 


Read more at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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