January 21, 2019

Robbery suspect arrested, tied to string of burglaries

By Sam Combest–

University of Louisville Police arrested a 21-year-old man Jan. 14 and charged him with a series of burglaries and a sexual assault on campus.

Alfred Kesseh is currently in being held in Louisville Metro Corrections with a $500,000 bond after being arrested near campus Jan. 14. He is expected back in court Jan. 25.

The official arrest was done by a task force of ULPD, Louisville Metro Police Department and LMPD Fugitive Task force officers.

According to several news outlets, police were able to tie Kesseh to burglaries around campus through video footage of him entering unlocked apartments.

Kesseh is currently charged with Rape I, five counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the second degree, one count of burglary in the third degree, two counts of receiving stolen property of up to $10,000 and one count of receiving stolen property of up to $500. Kesseh also faces one charge of assault in the fourth degree with minor injury and criminal mischief in the third degree.

Two RAVE alerts were sent Jan. 9. The first at 6:50 a.m. said a student reported being robbed at gunpoint at the University Pointe apartments. The second alert at 10:55 a.m. reported a student was robbed and sexually assaulted at Cardinal Towne. Kesseh has not been formally charged with the two robberies.

ULPD Chief Gary D. Lewis said, “The charges filed are based upon recommendation of the prosecutor’s office, which are linked to the totalities of the crimes and often times as the most serious offenses that are committed. Additional charges can be filed as the investigation continues.”

Lewis also explained the difference between robbery and burglary, saying that robbery is theft by force while burglary is breaking and entering with the intent to commit a crime.

ULPD will be updating the crime log from saying “Rape I/Burglary II” to soon saying “Rape/Robbery/Burglary” according to Chief Lewis.

ULPD encourages students to remain alert and keep their cars, dorms and apartments locked with their belongings out of sight.

Photo Courtesy / Louisville Metro Corrections.

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