The two Rochester students who were abducted and held against their will have been rescued by the local SWAT Team. Ani Okeke-Ewo and Nicholas Kollias were abducted by four people and police have stressed that these two were targeted and that the rest of the student body is not at risk.
According to News Max on December 7, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said that Ani Okeke-Ewo and Nicholas Kollias were “wrongfully held for many hours” before police were able to locate them. The students were reported as “missing under suspicious circumstances and may be in danger” before they were located and rescued on Sunday night.
People Magazine reports that the police learned the two students were being held at a residence about four miles from the University of Rochester. They learned of the location while looking for the students, who were listed as missing persons.
A missing persons alert was issued for these two students on Saturday. The alert didn’t give much information only a description of the students and the car that they were driving when they were last seen. This case is truly shrouded in mystery!
The details of this case are murky at best, as police are not releasing any information on the reason these two students were targeted and who it was that abducted the two. One of the students suffered a gunshot wound, but how he was shot and who shot him is not disclosed.
Once they were rescued by the SWAT Team, they were transported to a local hospital, where one is being treated for the gunshot wound to the leg. Authorities did say they took the four people who abducted the students into custody.
This investigation is on-going, according to the police chief, who credits the good work of the SWAT Team for everyone getting out safely. The chief did say that this incident could have turned out much worse than it did.
These suspects could possibly face kidnapping and assault charges said Ciminelli. He also made it very clear that the public is not and was not in danger from this abduction. He said in a statement:
“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.” Both students are from Illinois and both their families were notified about the incident.