Six People Charged in Alleged Kidnapping of Two University of Rochester Students; Motive Not Offered
Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, both seniors at the university, were reported missing on Saturday
Six people have been charged in the abduction of two University of Rochester students, PEOPLE confirms.
Lydell Strickland, 26, Dennis Perez, 23, and Leah Gigliotti, 20, all of Rochester, and Samantha Hughes, 19, of Pittsford, are charged with first-degree kidnapping, while Inalia Rolldan, 19, and Ruth Lora, 19, both of Rochester, face charges of second-degree kidnapping, a Rochester Police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.
Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, both seniors at the university, were reported missing on Saturday evening under “suspicious circumstances.” They were eventually located at a residence approximately four miles from campus and were rescued by a SWAT team on Sunday evening.
Kollias and Ewo were taken to a nearby hospital, where they are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries. One had been shot in the leg ahead of the rescue.
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Police did not offer a motive for the alleged kidnapping, but 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.”
On Sunday, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli assured the public that he does not believe there is a threat to the general community.
The investigation into the students’ disappearances is ongoing. The six charged have not yet entered pleas.