Fourth student arrested in campus incident

A fourth Grambling State University student was arrested Friday after a Thursday incident in which a group of men forced their way into a campus dorm room and assaulted and terrorized the students inside, threatening them with a pistol.

Sidney Franklin, 19, of Montgomery, Ala. was arrested Friday evening for home invasion as the investigation continued after three earlier arrests Thursday evening.

Two occupants of a suite in Pinchback Hall on the GSU campus reported a former roommate and three other individuals entered their rooms and assaulted them. Police found all four room dorms in the suite had been kicked open and damaged.

The two victims said they were beaten and that one of the men brandished a semiautomatic pistol. The man with a pistol allegedly threatened, “If you say anything, you’re gone.” The men rummaged through the rooms during the assault.

GSU Police observed cuts and bruises on the faces of the victims and estimated damage to the dorm at $10,000.

Franklin reportedly told GSU Police he served as the lookout watching for the police during the incident.

The three men were identified and taken into custody Thursday included the former roommate, Melvin Priestly, 19, and Carteare Gordon, 22, both of St. Louis, Mo., along with Derreion Hinton, 19, of Jacksonville, Tex., were booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for home invasion.

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