By Acadia Otlowski
The former CCSU student arrested in connection with the Nov. 4 lockdown plead not guilty to two misdemeanor charges in New Britain Judicial Court Thursday.
“It’s just a procedural event that occurs in a case,” said Robert Britt, the former student’s lawyer.
Britt declined to give further comment on the case in order to “preserve the judicial process.”
David Kyem, 21, was arrested twice in connection to last semester’s lockdown. The first was when Kyem returned from a Halloween party, at the University of Connecticut, still in his costume.
The costume included what looked like a gun, a ninja sword, and tactical gear. Kyem’s appearance triggered students to call 9-1-1. What followed was a three hour lockdown in which residence halls were searched and students were told to remain in place. Kyem was charged with breach-of-peace.
Kyem was told to stay off campus until a meeting with the university’s Office of Student Conduct. When Kyem arrived at the school earlier than scheduled, the former student was arrested yet again on charges of first-degree criminal trespass.
On Nov. 13 the university confirmed that Kyem was not longer a student at the university. Kyem’s father, Peter Kyem, is a geography professor at CCSU. Both father and son were unable to comment on the case, based off the counsel of their lawyer.
Kyem’s case has been repeatedly continued since mid-November, before finally being arraigned. He is due back in court March 27.