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October 8, 2013

4 to face charges in attempted robbery

TERRE HAUTE — Three of the four men arrested for an attempted robbery on the Indiana State University campus early Sunday face disciplinary action by the university student conduct board.

Martell Murphy, Myrin Kirksey, Mykel Mayes and Brandon Hollingsworth all appeared in Vigo Superior Court 1 on Monday morning where Judge John Roach found probable cause for their arrest. They were being held in the Vigo County Jail with bail for each set at $25,000, cash only.

ISU students Mays, who is 18, Murphy and Kirksey, both 19, have likely received an interim suspension pending a hearing with the student conduct board, said ISU Police Chief Bill Mercier on Monday, and they all face possible suspension from the university. Hollingsworth is also 19.

During an initial probable cause hearing, ISU Police Officer Chris McKillop stated that he was in the area of ISU parking lot 14, which is south of Wolf Field on Fourth Street, when he was notified of an attempted robbery and suspects fleeing the area just after 1 a.m. Sunday.

McKillop said he spoke to the victims, a man and a woman who were former ISU students, who said that they were visiting with some friends when they were approached by six males. The man was knocked to the ground, while the suspects surrounded the female. She told police that two of the men tried to take her purse and the others crowded around her so she could not leave the area. The woman was not injured, and nothing was taken, McKillop said.

A witness called 911 to report the incident and gave a description of the men who were leaving the scene. Police soon spotted the suspects and detained Mayes, Murphy and Hollingsworth. Kirksey was located later.

The victims identified the four men as the suspects in the attempted robbery, police said, adding that two others had also been involved in the incident. But those two were not located, and the suspects claimed that they did not know the names of the other two suspects, he said.

Both Kirksey and Mayes are facing charges of attempted robbery. Murphy and Hollingsworth are facing a charge of assisting a criminal. Mayes also faces a charge of battery and minor in consumption of alcohol. Murphy also faces a minor consumption charge.

A hearing for filing of formal charges is set for Thursday.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@trib star.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

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