Police Arrest Man In Connection With Columbus State Community College Stabbing


UPDATED: Friday May 18, 2012 5:33 PM

Police arrested a man Monday evening in connection with stabbing a Columbus State Community College professor.

According to Columbus State Community College officials, Isaac Rotich was arrested and charged with felonious assault. He was arrested at Faith Mission on East Long Street shortly before 6 p.m.

Rotich was wanted for questioning in connection with the stabbing of a part-time statistics professor, Kipleting Mengich, inside Davidson Hall, on the campus, located at 550 E. Spring St., at about 8:35 a.m., 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.

Investigators said that the Mengich, 38, was stabbed in the stomach with a pocketknife. And collapsed in the hallway of nearby Madison Hall

School officials said that Rotich, 45, is not a student at the school. The man said that both Rotich and the victim were from Kenya, Landers reported.

Willy Mutai said that he has known Rotich for six years.

“I was shocked, because like three months ago, he came to my place and he told me he would not die without somebody,” Mutai said.

Mutai said that he became so concerned for his safety and his friends that he started taking pictures of Rotich to send to his family back in Kenya. He said that he never contacted police about the threats but wished he had.

“We didn’t see the reason as to why we should let the police know, because we didn’t take it serious, but now it’s serious,” Mutai said.

The man said that he was even more concerned for his safety now.

“I’m worried about the rest of my friends, because he would say that he would target any of us,” Mutai said.

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