A 21-year-old City College of San Francisco student was arrested this morning in connection with an armed altercation at the college’s main campus library late Tuesday morning, which prompted a gun scare for some inside the building at the time.
Randy Taylor Jr., a student in one of the CCSF’s transitional programs between high school and college, was arrested on campus around 11 a.m., college spokesperson Jeff Hamilton said.
“He came in to talk to the director of the program he’s in about the situation and the program director said we have to go talk to the police,” Hamilton said. Taylor was taken to SF County Jail and is being booked on suspicion of robbery, assault and kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Taylor and an accomplice allegedly confronted a 17-year-old CCSF student in front of the main campus library around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Hamilton said. “Their intent was to kidnap him and take him off campus,” he said.
The suspects told the male victim “something to the effect of ‘come with us… you’re never coming back here,’” said Hamilton.
The 21-year-old accomplice, who police have identified as a former CCSF student, but have not released his name, reportedly lifted his shirt and revealed a gun tucked into his belt, Hamilton said.
The victim ran away from them into the Louise and Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library, Hamilton said. The victim was then reportedly beaten by the other two men until he escaped and locked himself in a room.
At some point, the victim yelled “’he has a gun,’” Hamilton said.
A witness told the San Francisco Examiner she heard a man shout “I have a gun,” and the about a 100 people on the main floor of the library ducked for cover.
The witness feared for her life and recounted a tale of a father grasping his daughter’s mouth to prevent her from screaming. Another woman was in such a panic that she hurt her back while ducking under a table, the witness said.
CCSF campus police responded within a minute and city police were there within three to five minutes, authorities said.
The suspects fled the scene and the victim was not significantly injured. A witness said his face appeared to be swollen from the beating.
This story was updated at 3:22 p.m. to include the name of the suspect involved in the altercation. The suspect arrested was not the alleged gunman, as previously reported.
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