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Deputies make arrest in attempted kidnapping at St. John Fisher University

UPDATE: On Friday, March 1, Brighton Police charged 19-year-old Shalom Mathews of Brighton with two counts of 3rd degree stalking, which are misdemeanors.

Police said that Mathews was charged in Brighton after an investigation in which multiple victims reported receiving unwanted, harassing and sexually explicit messages through their social media accounts. Police said the messages were sent to the victims over an extended period of time. Orders of protection were issued to the victims.

Brighton Police ask anyone with information about Mathews to contact Sgt. Julio Montes at 784-5133.

Authorities are crediting St. John Fisher University staff for their help in apprehending an individual who approached a female staff member at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy Wednesday evening with a knife. 

Monroe County deputies said that the woman was able to fight off the attack and push the suspect outside of her office and secure the door. 

That incident led to a lockdown on campus which was lifted later in the evening. 

Chief Deputy Michael Fowler told reporters Thursday that the coordinated help from university staff was invaluable, and a suspect was taken into custody early Thursday morning. `This person's intent was violence, thankfully, it didn't end up that way," said Fowler. 

The suspect, 19-year-old Shalom Mathews is charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted sexual abuse, both felonies.

Mathews is described as a commuter student at St. John Fisher University. He was picked up by deputies in a parking lot on Jefferson Rd. in Henrietta. 

Deputies are asking anyone who has had contact with Mathews that they may have considered to be concerning, to call 911.


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