Two University of Rochester students who had been “forcibly abducted and held against their will” were rescued by the SWAT team Sunday.
According to TWC News, a BMW SUV was recovered as part of the investigation into how the two 21-year-old college students, Ani Okeke Ewo and Nicholas Kollias, were abducted. The BMW had the same license plates as the car the police were looking for. The two were rescued from a home on Harvest Street. An alert for the two students had been issued statewide earlier Sunday.
The students, last seen at 2 a.m. Saturday near campus, were reported missing 6:30 p.m. the same day. The two were believed to have been traveling in a BMW SUV. According to NBC New York, the 21-year-olds were originally from Chicago.
The two were transported to the hospital after they were rescued. Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said that they were receiving treatment for their injuries at the hospital. One of the victims was shot in the leg, which is believed to have occurred shortly before the police stormed inside the home and rescued the victims. At least one gun had been discovered at the home.
The raids carried out to free the University of Rochester students led to the arrests of four suspects. While the charges against them are being determined, Ciminelli said a combination of assault and kidnapping charges will be brought against them.
University President Joel Seligman spoke of the rescue, saying it was “a collective sense of relief.” Seligman further added, “This could have turned out in a very different way.”
In a statement issued Monday, the university said, “We don’t believe there to be any further threat to the safety of our students or to community members here at the University of Rochester.”