A Fayette County grand jury has indicted a Cincinnati man in connection with an April 28 machete attack on the Transylvania University campus.
Mitchell William Adkins, 19, was indicted Monday on charges of first-degree assault, misdemeanor assault, resisting arrest, four counts of terroristic threatening, and three counts of menacing. A university spokeswoman said Adkins is a former Transy undergraduate student who withdrew in 2015.
The attacker walked into a coffee shop inside the Glenn Building, asked people their political affiliations, then went on the attack, one witness said. Adkins appears to have a history of publicly protesting what he considered the mistreatment of conservatives on college campuses.
Adkins was armed with a machete and knives, Lexington police said after the attack. The various weapons were in a bag, police said later. Adkins made verbal threats to students and staff in the building and struck two women, according to police.
One victim, a female student, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Another student was treated on campus and did not go to a hospital.
Muravchick credited coffee shop employees Erika Lyvers and Marcia Figgs with saving lives by pressing the alarm button that alerted Muravchick to the attack. When Adkins attacked the student, Lyvers picked up a chair and started yelling at Adkins, which caused him to shift his attention away from his victim and toward Lyvers, who then locked herself in an area behind the counter.
The four counts of terroristic threatening say Adkins “threatened to commit a crime likely to result in death or serious physical injury.”
The three counts of menacing say Adkins “intentionally placed” three people “in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.”
Adkins is scheduled to be arraigned June 16 in Fayette Circuit Court.