University students assaulted by man wielding machete

(WKYT) A politically-charged post on a popular website has now been confirmed to have been written by the suspect accused of the machete attack at a coffee shop at Transylvania University.

Adkins is being held at the Fayette Co. Detention Center.

On Friday afternoon, Lexington police identified the suspect as Mitchell W. Adkins, 19, of Cincinnati.

A community post on BuzzFeed, posted in 2015, claims Transylvania University, as well as liberal arts colleges in general, discriminate against conservatives. BuzzFeed has confirmed that the article was written by Adkins. Lexington police say they’re aware of the article and have been in contact with BuzzFeed.

A witness says Adkins entered the coffee shop on Friday morning and asked about the political affiliations of people before attacking and injuring two students.


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