3 men accused of abducting, robbing ODU student

From left: Diamond Johnson, Lakeith Daniels and Keith Jones (Photos: Norfolk City Jail)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Three men are accused of abducting and robbing an Old Dominion University student.

The alleged incident happened on Nov. 10, 2016, near the school’s campus.

Diamond Johnson, Lakeith Daniels and Keith Jones were indicted Wednesday on several charges, including robbery, abduction, grand larceny from a person and more.

A female student told police a man, Daniels, approached her and asked if she wanted to take a survey. She agreed and he led her to a sleight of hand game with Keith Jones and Diamond Johnson. Police said they told her she won and could get an undisclosed amount of money — if she could prove she had $500 in her bank account.

According to the victim, the three men walked her to an ATM and she withdrew the money. Then, they walked her to a back parking lot and forced her to give them the money.

ODU police investigated arrested the three men in December.

The university said it did not alert students to the crime. WAVY’s Matt Gregory asked ODU why no campus alert went to students.

A spokesperson for the school said, “The federal Clery Act gives clear direction for creating safer campuses and we comply with all its requirements, including issuing emergency notifications when police determine there may be a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community.”

10 On Your Side pushed further and asked if ODU police investigated the robbery of an ODU student just off campus, why wouldn’t students be alerted?

The spokesperson said in addition to being off campus, the chief of ODU police investigated the crime. They determined it was an isolated crime and there was no imminent threat to students. It is the discretion of the Chief of ODU police to make the decision on notifications about off-campus incidents.

Johnson, Daniels and Jones are in custody at the Norfolk City Jail.