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Man Whose Ninja Costume Triggered College Lockdown To Face Judge Next Month

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    The 21-year-old man whose Halloween costume sparked a campus-wide lockdown and police search at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. is scheduled to be arraigned next month in New Britain Superior Court.

    David Kyem was arrested on Monday, Nov. 4 after his Halloween costume – which included camouflage pants, knee pads, a dark hood pulled over his head, goggles and a face mask, a ballistic vest, plastic samurai sword and BB gun – raised alarm among the student body and prompted several 911 calls.

    Members of the FBI SWAT team, Department of Homeland Security and numerous police department responded to the CCSU campus, which was locked down for hours as authorities searched the area following the emergency calls.

    Kyem was arrested on the fourth floor of James Hall, the dorm building where he lived, police said. He was originally charged with breach of peace.

    The following day, Kyem, a senior whose father is a teacher at the university, was arrested a second time for criminal trespassing after allegedly returning to campus after being instructed not to. School officials said Kyem was not permitted to return to school grounds until he had met with members of the school student conduct office.

    Kyem is no longer a student at CCSU, according to university officials.

    The case was continued yesterday and Kyem is due back in court on Dec. 11.

    Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the case has been continued.