New York City police have arrested three men who they said barged into a St. John’s University dorm in Queens Wednesday with the intent to rob students and fired off a gunshot during the intrusion.
Anthony Gusthas, 18, Mustafa Godbolt, 21 and Tyrell Sutton, 17, all of Queens, were being arraigned Thursday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted robbery, second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, in a news release.
Their attorneys could not be reached for comment and arraignment information was not available.
“The defendants are accused of shattering the tranquility of the St. John’s campus by bursting into an occupied dorm room in the middle of the afternoon armed with a knife and a revolver, and firing a gunshot as part of an attempted robbery,” Brown said. “The alleged incident could have easily gone horribly wrong, but fortunately nobody was physically injured. The three defendants now face serious felony charges.”
NYPD officials said three suspects entered Hollis Hall on Utopia Parkway just before 2 p.m. and engaged in an argument with several students before one of the suspects fired a shot. No one was injured, but at least one of the suspects rummaged through the students’ belongings before they fled, authorities said.
Brown said a police officer saw the defendants walking on 167th Street and the Grand Central Parkway shortly after the robbery and that Sutton dropped a backpack and Godbolt dropped a jar when he approached them.
Police found “duct tape, rope, scissors and a loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson black revolver with three live rounds of ammunition and a shell casing in the chamber from the backpack; 150 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills from the jar; and a .38 caliber round of ammunition from the dorm room,” Brown said.