Six People Charged with Kidnapping Two University of Rochester Students

Six people were arrested and charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of two students at the University of Rochester in New York over the weekend, police said.

Seniors Ani Okeke Ewo and Nicholas Kollias, both 21 and from Illinois, were last seen near the school's campus on Saturday around 2 a.m. Police said they dispatched a SWAT team on Sunday, after learning the students were being held "against their will" at an off-campus home in Rochester. The team then rescued the students, who were found safe Sunday night.

Police arrested Lydell Strickland, 26; Samantha Hughes, 19; Dennis Perez, 23; and Leah Gigliotti, 20. They were charged with kidnapping in the first degree. Two other people—Inalia Rolldan and Ruth Lora, both 19—were charged with kidnapping in the second degree.

Both Ewo and Kollias are expected to recover.

Local police and the University of Rochester's Public Safety Department are conducting a criminal investigation into the incident. It remains unclear why the two students were abducted.

University President Joel Seligman said he is in agreement with police that the kidnapping was an isolated incident.

"Our campuses and housing are safe," he said Monday. "Students can go about their regular routines, attend classes, go to the library and to labs, as they normally do."

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