UPDATE: Cincinnati teen arrested in assault incident on Transylvania U’s campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In a press release Friday afternoon, the Lexington Police Department says 19-year-old Mitchell W. Adkins, of Cincinnati, has been arrested in connection to an assault on Transylvania University’s campus Friday morning.

Adkins faces assault and wanton endangerment charges.

Police say. at around 8:45 a.m., Adkins entered the Glenn Building coffee shop armed with various knives, including a machete, and began making threats to students and employees.  Police say Adkins attacked two women, causing non-life threatening injuries.  One was taken to the hospital for treatment, while the other was treated on the scene.

Campus police rushed to the scene and were able to take Adkins into custody after a brief struggle, according to investigators.

Adkins was taken to the hospital with self-inflicted injuries.

Investigators are still trying to determine what led to Adkins’ attack.


4-28-17 10:43 a.m.

Former student in custody after assault on Transy campus

Investigators say the perpetrator of an assault on Transylvania University’s campus is a former student at the school.

According to police, the man – who remains unidentified – entered the Glenn Building coffee shop Friday morning with a machete and additional knives, and injured a female freshman at the school.

Students pulled a nearby panic alarm during the assault, alerting campus officials and law enforcement who rushed to the location.

The assailant was taken into custody shortly thereafter, and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.  The freshman who was attacked was also taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police have not released any details on the man’s intentions or motivation for the attack.

Buildings were secured while police investigated the scene, during which time Mayor Jim Gray arrived on campus to speak with officers.

School officials say the campus should be open again soon, though all classes have been cancelled.


10:21 a.m.

DEVELOPING: LPD investigating assault on Transylvania U campus

Mayor Jim Gray has arrived at Transylvania University as Lexington police conduct an investigation into an assault on the school’s campus.

A tweet Friday morning from the University reads, “After an incident in our coffee shop, a suspect is in custody and a student has been sent to U.K. Hospital.  Buildings are being secured.”  A following tweet asks students to go to the Beck Center for additional updates.

Mayor Gray arrived at around 10:00 a.m., and was escorted past police tape to talk with officers.

Classes at Transylvania University have been cancelled for Friday in the wake of the incident.

ABC 36 has reached out to Lexington Police, who say additional information will be coming soon.

Veronica Jean Seltzer is on campus, and will provide the latest details as soon as they become available.

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