A former University of Kentucky student has been charged with multiple felonies after he was allegedly found to have a gun on his campus and told police he had to defend himself against a man who tried to assault him.
On Wednesday, the Kentuckiana State University Police Department said a former student at the university was charged with several felonies, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and aggravated assault.
The suspect, identified as Brandon Johnson, 27, was arrested by the university’s police department after officers received a call at about 2 p.m. on March 14 from a female student who said she had been sexually assaulted by a man on campus.
She told the officers Johnson had a gun and threatened to shoot her.
Johnson is accused of taking the gun and trying to conceal it in his backpack when he was pulled over by officers on a highway.
Johnson was arrested and released to his parents on March 18.
The arrest warrant said he was later arrested at his parents’ home.
Police said they learned of the incident in August.
The university issued a statement Wednesday saying it is aware of the arrest warrant.
“Kentucky University police officers took an arrest report on February 22.
Upon reviewing that report, it was determined the investigation into the incident was incomplete and that the student had been previously removed from campus.
We are continuing to investigate that incident,” university spokesperson David J. Miller said in a statement.
Johnson has been suspended from the university and will be required to complete community service and pay restitution to the university.
He was arraigned on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, Kentucky, and was released on $10,000 bond.
Johnson, who graduated in 2015 from UMKC, is the son of the university president, and has been a graduate student there since 2014.
He is also a member of the University of Louisville’s Student Senate, according to a UMKCC news release.
Johnson’s arrest came just one day after a man was arrested in a separate case, this one for allegedly attacking another person on campus while wearing a mask.
Police in that case, as well as the investigation of the Kentucky case, did not identify the alleged victim.
In all, about two dozen people were assaulted and some injured in the three-day period, according, according a statement from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.