University Student Beaten To Death, 3 Men Arrested

Friday, September 7th 2007, 2:39 pm
By: News On 6

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A university student was beaten to death on a Main Street sidewalk in Pennsylvania Dutch country, and three men were charged with assaulting him.

A police officer who saw Kyle Quinn lying hurt on the ground around 2 a.m. arrested the three men at the scene, prosecutor Mark Baldwin said.

``He had been beaten and was lying in a pool of blood on the sidewalk,'' Baldwin said.

Quinn, 19, lived on the Kutztown University campus and police don't yet know where he was coming from or going at the time of the assault. The block where he was found is near downtown shops, bars, restaurants and off-campus apartments in the quaint college town.

Quinn was a sophomore history major who had been at Kutztown less than two weeks. The school said he studied previously at Penn State and Bucks County Community College.

The suspects' names weren't immediately released. Each was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and conspiracy.

Baldwin said he anticipated filing homicide charges after the autopsy. Authorities were investigating the possible motive and don't believe the suspects are students.

Nick Santagata, 21, also a student at Kutztown, said he heard screaming and yelling from a half-block away, shortly before police arrived.

Police tried to stanch Quinn's bleeding and took three men into custody, he said. One of the suspects had a mohawk haircut and kept saying ``I'm sorry, I'm sorry,'' as he was being handcuffed, Santagata said.

Students and the town's 5,000 full-time residents say they have always felt safe in Kutztown, which lies in a rural area between Reading and Allentown. Its last homicide was in 1982, officials said.

``It's Amishville,'' said Marissa Petruzzi, 20, a junior from New Jersey, referring to Kutztown's location in Pennsylvania Dutch country. ``This stuff doesn't happen here.''

Kutztown's president, F. Javier Cevallos, e-mailed students to inform them of Quinn's death. The state-run university has about 10,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students.