More than 13 months after two Seton Hall students were robbed and assaulted in an off-campus apartment – one was shot in the arm and the other was pistol-whipped in the head – a second arrest has been made.
Authorities have now confirmed that Kaiyri Bennett (pictured left), a 24-year old Newark man, has been arrested and charged with Robbery and Conspiracy as a result of his role in the May 8, 2012 incident.
Shortly following the incident, law enforcement revealed that all of the parties may have known each other, and that the victims may have even invited the three assailants into their off-campus apartment, where an argument ultimately broke out. The first assailant, Joseph Fowler, a 20-year old former Seton Hall student, was arrested just days after the incident, at which time law enforcement indicated that the remaining two suspects were still at large.
Bennett is being held at the Essex County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
For more information, see the Star-Ledger article entitled, “Newark man arrested in armed robbery, shooting of Seton Hall students last year.”
If convicted of Robbery (a crime of the first degree in this case because of the use of a weapon), Bennett faces upwards of 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. He will have to serve 85% of any sentence imposed under the No Early Release Act (NERA) for violent offenders.