Transylvania University moves on after machete attack

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A judge ordered a mental evaluation of the suspect involved in a machete attack on the campus of Transylvania University Friday.

Police say Mitchell Adkins, 19, from Cincinnati walked into Jazzman’s Cafe in the admissions building just before nine Friday morning with a machete and several other knives.

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A witness says Adkins said, “The day or reckoning has come”. That same witness says Adkins asked someone about their political affiliation. When that person answered “republican”, Adkins said, “You are safe.”

Adkins stabbed two women and was arrested, according to police. He is charged with assault and wanton endangerment.

Adkins went before a judge Monday afternoon by video conference.  His attorney entered a not guilty plea and the judge ordered the mental evaluation.



Adkins’ bond is set at $25,500 and he is due back in court in June.

Watch the video to hear from the campus police chief about how the school is adjusting since the attack.