Three men arrested shortly after a gunshot was reported on the St. John’s University campus are now charged with breaking into a dorm room and trying to rob students at gun and knife point.
Tyrell Sutton, 17, Mustafa Godbolt, 21, and Anthony Gusthas, 18, all of Queens, were arrested and charged with a variety of offenses Wednesday.
Investigators said a student was sitting with two roommates in the common area of their dorm room around 1:30 p.m. when they heard a knock, allegedly recognized Gusthas as a former student of the school and began to open the door. The three suspects then allegedly forced their way inside of the room.
Godbolt then asked the three students if there was any money in the room, with Sutton allegedly pulling out a knife, a statement from the Queens District Attorney’s office said. When a victim replied he had no money, Godbolt allegedly pulled out a gun and fired it.
Gusthas then entered the bedroom of another victim and looked through his belongings before all three suspects fled the scene, according to police.
Later, an officer said he saw three men matching the description of the suspectswalking on 167th Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road, and told investigators he saw Sutton drop a backpack and Godbolt drop a jar on the ground when he approached them.
Police allegedly recovered 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 discarded backpack. Inside the jar, police said they found 150 Xanax pills, and a .38 caliber round of ammunition from the dorm room.
“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,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. “The alleged incident could have easily gone horribly wrong but fortunately nobody was physically injured. The three defendants now face serious felony charges.”
The three suspects are awaiting arraignment 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.
They each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.