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Accused would-be robber beaten up by ODU students appears in court

Posted at 10:57 AM, Jun 13, 2015

Norfolk, Va. - Three ODU students turned the tables and detained an accused would-be robber in Norfolk.

On Thursday the man accused, 21-year-old Kentrail H. May, had his charges certified to a grand jury.

NewsChannel 3's Stefania Okolie was in the court and she also spoke to the victims about what happened that night.

Officials say students were walking in the 800 block of W. 43rd Street at 3 a.m. when they say May approached him.

May, Kentrail

Kentrail H. May

One of the victims said May asked them for booze.

"He just kept asking over and over again. We said no and finally he pulled out a gun, pointed it to me to get on the ground."

All three students got on the ground as the robber started to check them for money but that's when things got violent.

One of the students was hit in the head with the gun and that's when the other students stepped in.

"When he hit em in the face, I figured if he hits him, he'll start doing other things. 'I had to go ahead and stop it real quick."

The men fought back and left May with a few bumps and bruises. One of his eyes was swollen shut and he had cuts all over his face.

They detained him and then called police. Upon arrival, police took May into custody.

May was charged with three counts of attempted robbery, three counts use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of malicious wounding.

Now a grand jury will decide if the case will go to trial.