BALTIMORE — When a Maryland cannibalism suspect had an outburst last year in a Morgan State University computer lab, college officials evaluated him and found that he didn’t pose a threat to the campus.
Now, a former student who said he was beaten with a baseball bat days before the gruesome attack says the university should have done more to warn people about Alex Kinyua (pictured far left), the man charged in both cases.
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Joshua Ceasar said Friday that if he had heard about the December outburst in the lab he would have steered clear of Kinyua and dodged an attack that left him partially blind. The outburst got Kinyua kicked out of ROTC and led an instructor to tell police that Kinyua was “Virginia Tech waiting to happen.” Kinyua also made cryptic comments about “blood sacrifice” at a January university forum with administrators present.
“If I knew, I wouldn’t have been anywhere near him or that building,” Ceasar said. His attorney, Steve Silverman, is exploring a lawsuit and investigating whether the university could have done more.
The university is doing a “top-to-bottom” review, but it appears procedures were followed, school spokesman Clinton Coleman said.
Two campus officers visited Kinyua after the December outburst and he was assessed by the counseling center, Coleman said.
“If the university had reason to believe that any student or non-student represented a danger, of course the university would have taken the appropriate steps to remove the person from campus or render them harmless,” he said.
In early May, police received a report that a young man matching Kinyua’s description was carrying a machete around campus, Coleman said. Officers immediately tracked him to his room and searched, but didn’t find such a weapon, he said.