Man convicted of multiple crimes committed on campus last winter Tuesday, Sep 22 2020 

By Madelin Shelton — 

Jefferson County resident Alfred Toe Kesseh, 23, has been convicted of burglary, robbery and rape by a grand jury after committing several crimes during the winter of 2019 at multiple University of Louisville student housing locations. He will serve 27 years in prison.

ULPD said Kesseh was arrested in January 2019 after stealing items from five students, holding three individuals at gunpoint, and raping a woman. The crimes took place at the Cardinal Towne and the University Pointe apartments.

According to the Courier Journal, “Kesseh was convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree robbery, multiple counts of second-degree burglary, [and] theft by unlawful taking and fraudulent use of a credit card.” Kesseh’s sentencing is set for November 4.

In response to Kesseh’s crimes last year, U of L sent out two RAVE alerts within the first week of the Spring 2019 semester. ULPD also responded by expanding patrols and reiterating to students safe practices for traveling on campus, including utilizing the campus escort service and staying alert at all times.

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Student removed from campus apartments after accidentally discharging firearm Wednesday, Nov 27 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

A University of Louisville student living in the Cardinal Towne apartments accidentally discharged a firearm Nov. 23, sending the bullet through the above room. No one was injured in this situation, but the student who fired the gun has been removed from Cardinal Towne and is facing disciplinary actions.

Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Boehm sent out a letter to students Nov. 26. “The student who discharged the weapon has been removed from campus housing and is facing disciplinary action as defined by the code of student conduct,” said Boehm. “Our housing office reached out to the affected students, offering them the opportunity to move to other housing, and the Dean of Students’ office and ULPD have engaged with the students to provide additional support.”

U of L Dean of Students Michael Mardis addressed the media Nov. 26 and said the gun was immediately seized from the student in question. He also said that the student wasn’t removed from the housing complex until Nov. 25, even though the incident happened two days before.

There was no RAVE alert sent out for this incident on Nov. 23. “As a reminder, U of L issues RAVE alerts when there is an imminent danger to students, faculty and staff,” said Boehm. “Because ULPD and Campus Housing quickly engaged the situation, there was no further threat to other students.”

Boehm also said in the letter that safety is the university’s top priority. She mentioned U of L’s weapon policy which prohibits deadly weapons on any property owned, leased, operated or controlled by U of L. This policy has been in place since 1996.

While both Boehm and Mardis said that the bullet went into the student’s closet, images from the student in the above room show the bullet was inches from her bed.

Boehm urged students, faculty and staff to call ULPD if they see something that concerns them on campus. She also highlighted the Cardinal Principle, being a “community of care.”

“Our safety is in large part determined by the quality of our response and the strength of the ties between us,” she said.

The student who fired the shot isn’t facing criminal charges, but is facing possible expulsion from U of L.

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