Student indicted for PFT robbery

Joe Lord

Elizabethtown freshman Steven DeWayne Mayton was indicted Wednesday by a Warren County grand jury for the Oct. 16 robbery of a student in Pearce-Ford Tower.

The grand jury handed down one count of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree burglary to Mayton, who lived in PFT Room 1617.

Both counts are class B felonies and are punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison and fines of $1,000 to $10,000, said campus police Capt. Jerry Phelps.

The charges against Mayton stem from the robbery of Nick North, a sophomore from Zionsville, Ind. Last month, North reported to campus police being robbed of $150 cash in his 11th-floor PFT dorm room by a masked man wielding a small handgun.

North could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Campus police Capt. Eugene Hoofer said an indictment warrant has been issued for Mayton’s arrest.

“We sent messages out to the areas we think he might be at, trying to see if they can locate him,” Hoofer said. “As far as we know, he hasn’t been arrested yet.”

Hoofer said Mayton’s name was submitted to the National Crime Information Center, a database that would alert any police officer in the United States who stops Mayton that he is wanted for armed robbery.

Another law enforcement agency besides campus police could take Mayton into custody if he has fled Bowling Green. Campus police Sgt. Mike Dowell said last week that he anticipates an arrest soon.

Dowell presented the case against Mayton to the grand jury. He said North’s identification of the PFT gunman was the strongest piece of evidence authorities had against Mayton.

“That was the best clue,” Hoofer said. “That was the biggest tip that we got — the victim did recognize the voice.”

Mayton could not be reached for comment.

Phelps said campus police believe Mayton has left Western.

“As far as we can tell, he’s nowhere around,” Phelps said.

Hoofer said Mayton has not attended classes since the incident occurred.

Registrar Freida Eggleton said records from her office show Mayton is still enrolled in classes at Western, and PFT Hall Director Lana Riney said Mayton is still listed as a resident of the dorm.

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