Student arrested in armed dorm invasion on Kutztown U campus

Suspect's half-brother also jailed in 2012 off-campus robbery

Posted: 12:52 PM EDT Mar 28, 2013   Updated: 5:46 AM EDT Mar 29, 2013
Shahaid Smith

One of three people sought in connection with an armed dorm invasion on the campus of Kutztown University is now in custody.

Campus police arrested Shahaid Smith, a KU student and former football player from Crum Lynne, Delaware Co., on campus Thursday morning, officials said.

Smith, 19, was one of three people who forced their way into a dorm room in Deatrick Hall early on the morning of March 8, said officials.

The intruders, two of whom were armed with handguns, were dressed completely in black, including jackets, pants, shoes, gloves, skullcaps and an article of clothing that covered their face from the nose down, police said.

The would-be robbers searched the room and left without taking any property, but they did hit one of the residents during the incident, police said.

Smith was charged with robbery, burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and simple assault. He was committed to the Berks County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Anyone with information that can help police arrest the other two people sought in the dorm invasion can call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. The crime stoppers group is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

The dorm invasion was the first in a number of violent incidents on the Kutztown University campus this month, sparking fear in students and staff and prompting police to increase their patrols.

Since the assaults students have had spring break and one week of classes.


"We didn't get any campus alerts so I think they stepped up the security," said freshman Adam Cooper.


"Been pretty good nothing crazy," said junior Xavier Isley, "I haven't gotten any e-mails or anything which for a little bit there-- oh here we go again another e-mail be on the lookout for something or another." 


Students found out about the arrest the same way they found out about the three assaults earlier this month, through a campus-wide alert.

"It's good to know they are off the streets," said Cooper. 

No arrests have been made in the other incidents.

Smith's half-brother, Kali Smith, also a former Kutztown University football player, was also arrested by borough police Thursday in connection with an off-campus robbery in 2012.

"I think it sends a very clear message," said Director of University Relations, "You're here first and foremost for an education to learn, live, grow and not get involved in these types of activities."