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CCSU student meets with campus officials following arrest

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The following photo of David Kyem was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of David Kyem was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
The following photo of David Kyem was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of David Kyem was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

The Central Connecticut State University student who caused a panic that led the New Britain campus to be lock downed for hours Monday met with school officials for the first time on Wednesday.

This weekend, David Kyem went to a Halloween party at the University of Connecticut where he dressed as a ninja. Students told Eyewitness News that Kyem was doing karate moves in an area Domino's Pizza at about 1 a.m. 

"I thought it was a little weird, but it'sHalloween," said student Sean Stoneman.

However, Kyem didn't bring a change of clothes with him and took a bus back to the CCSU campus still wearing the ninja costume on Monday afternoon. Eyewitness News has learned that he was dropped off on Stanley Street.

"According to our information, he was wearing everything, at least most of it," said CCSU police Chief Chris Cervoni.

Police said Kyem was running on campus shortly after he got off the bus. He told police that he was late for a class, so he decided to run. 

"At the time, he didn't understand that he was doing something wrong," Cervoni said.

Some students became alarmed and called police about a suspicious person with what appeared to be a gun and a sword. Recently released 911 calls show that people even followed Kyem as he proceed on his way to James Hall, where he lived.

The calls caused school officials to declare a campus-wide emergency where students and staff were told to shelter in place, lock doors and stay away from windows.

Officers from several departments, state police and federal swarmed the 182-acre campus to ensure the students' safety.

Police said they used security footage and information from a card-swipe system to identify Kyem. Then they conducted a floor by floor search of James Hall.

Nearly 3 1/2 hours later, the all-clear was given, and students and staff were free to move about the campus.

Kyem was arrested and charged with breach of peace. He was released on the he promise to not return to campus until he met with CCSU Director of Student Conduct Chris Duke.

However, Kyem reportedly did not do that and returned to the CCSU campus on Tuesday afternoon. He was spotted around James Hall, thus he was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespass.

According to police, Kyem initially denied coming back to campus. However, he then admitted to the incident and has since been apologetic, police said.

"He apologized. He's sorry to cause all this inconvenience," Cervoni said. "But that's why we were a little confused that he did show up the next day."

Eyewitness News did request surveillance video from the city bus company. However, there was a glitch, officials with the bus company said, and it didn't record that day.

Two of Kyem's roommates were brought in for questioning, but they were not arrested.

Kyem has not responded to requests from Eyewitness News for an interview.

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