UD releases body cam video of arrest of student accused of attacking professor

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Body cam video was released of the arrest of a man who is accused of attacking a professor on the campus of the University of Dayton.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m. (Nov. 5):

The University of Dayton released body camera video Monday of the arrest of a student accused of attacking a professor and trying to grab a campus police officer’s gun.

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A 911 call from a UD professor Aug. 24 during the first week of classes brought this incident at Miriam Hall to the attention of campus police.

James Joseph Coyle, 20, of Deerfield Twp. in Warren County, is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, robbery, assault on a police officer, criminal damaging and resisting arrest in connection to the Aug. 24 incident on campus, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutors say the junior engineering student punched a professor after trying to rob a worker putting up tables for a campus event.

Inside Miriam Hall, a fire alarm is sounding as the building is evacuated.

Officers eventually tracked down Coyle, who never stopped yelling during the entire arrest. Coyle, who was bleeding, at one point yelled for a medic, though police already had called for one.

Coyle is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 15.

EARLIER REPORT

A University of Dayton student accused of attacking a professor and committing other acts on campus was indicted on criminal charges Thursday, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

James Joseph Coyle, 20, of Warren County, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, robbery, assaulting a police officer, criminal damaging, and resisting arrest, the prosecutor’s office said in a media release.

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Coyle’s mugshot is not available because he was not booked into the Montgomery County Jail after the incident, a prosecutor’s office spokesperson told this news outlet.

Coyle, whose identity was previously not released, is a junior engineering student at the school, according to previous reports.

The Aug. 24 incident started when Coyle allegedly approached a worker putting up tables for an event when he attempted to remove items from his pocket, investigators said.

“A short time later, campus police received another call from a professor who had discovered the defendant outside a damaged room on the eighth floor of Miriam Hall. (Coyle) had attempted to force his way into the professor’s office and punch him,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in the release.

Coyle was chased by officers onto Stewart Street before he was taken to the ground, officials said. He attempted to grab the gun of a UD Police officer and kicked another officer while he was being handcuffed, the prosecutor’s office said.

A warrant for Coyle’s arrest also was issued Thursday. He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 15.

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