Arraignment postponed for student charged in Wednesday incident

Quavaugntay Tyler Mugshot

Quavaugntay Tyler Mugshot

Katherine Schaeffer

Upcoming A.L.I.C.E. workshops

During the lockdown Wednesday after a student fired a shot that caused 10 police departments to respond to campus, Kent State officials cited officials, students and professors’ use of A.L.I.C.E., which stands for alert, lockdown, information, counter and evacuation, training as a key factor in keeping the campus safe.

Kent State offers 90-minute-long public safety sessions with the A.L.I.C.E. Training program. Sessions are designed to give participants insights and response options when encountering an active shooter. Upcoming A.L.I.C.E. training sessions are listed below.

  • April 9, 1-2:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 317
  • April 9, 3-4:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 317
  • April 24, 1-2:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 317
  • April 24, 3-4:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 317
  • May 7, 5-6:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 317

For faculty and staff:

  • April 30, 9-10:30 a.m.

The arraignment for the suspect involved in Wednesday night’s incident that locked down campus has been canceled for the second time because of medical concerns.

Quavaugntay Tyler, a 24-year-old freshman criminology and justice studies major, went back to the hospital Thursday night for seizure treatment, Kent State Police Chief John Peach said. The hearing is postponed indefinitely, and no bond will be set until Tyler goes to court.

The arraignment, originally scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Thursday, had been postponed to the same time Friday, also because of health considerations.

“He’s been returned to the hospital, and his condition is that which they don’t think he’ll be released for Monday, and that would be a tentative new arraignment,” Peach said.

Tyler, a convicted felon, was arrested Wednesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon. Peach said at a press conference Wednesday that having the gun could violate his probation.

According to Portage County court records, he was sentenced to probation in February for participating in a refund fraud scheme as a Walmart employee. Records show Tyler printed extra receipts for electronic equipment and services, resulting in a loss of $14,901.74 for the company.

Police arrested Tyler after he fired a shot Wednesday night in the Bowman Hall parking lot in the midst of a domestic dispute. The shot resulted in a campus-wide lockdown.

A representative from the Portage County Jail confirmed that Tyler was there Friday evening.

Contact Katherine Schaeffer at [email protected].