Four St. Michael’s students cited in handgun incident

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Four St. Michael’s College students are cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court on November 3 after intending to assault a man on campus last month, a press release this week said.

Initial reports said the male displayed a handgun while asking to buy marijuana from the students, the release said.

The Colchester Police Department, assisted by SMC Public Safety, conducted an extensive investigation that proved otherwise, Detective Jack Lehneman’s press release said.

With the promise to sell South Burlington man Amrou Mohamed marijuana, the four students lured him to campus on October 6 with the intent of assaulting him. The man allegedly stole from one of them during the 2015-2016 school year, police said.

The press release states Mohamed “displayed a handgun to facilitate his escape” after being confronted and threatened by the four students.

Megan Benson of Madison, Conn., Tyler Malone of Howell, N.J., Daniel Barry of Dover, Mass. and Zachary Szczechowicz of Epping, N.H. face charges of false information to law enforcement authorities, first degree unlawful restraint and simple assault.

Mohamed, 21, is facing charges of violation of conditions of release, police said.