Penn State freshman running back Akeel Lynch charged with criminal mischief

From CDT staff reportsFebruary 25, 2013 

A freshman Penn State football player has been charged with criminal mischief stemming from an incident in November at a campus residence hall.

Penn State police said Nittany Lions running back Akeel Lynch faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly kicking in a window at Shulze Hall.

Video surveillance footage shows a man later identified as Lynch apparently waiting to get into the building at about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Police said the video shows Lynch kick and break a lobby window. He is then let into the building by a female waiting inside.

Lynch later admitted to breaking the window and said he was trying to "scare" a friend waiting inside the residence hall, police alleged in the complaint.

Replacement of the window and clean-up costs totaled $938.

A preliminary hearing for the 18-year-old student athlete is scheduled for March 27.

Lynch, a freshman who played high school football in Athol Springs, N.Y., was a three-star recruit and a member of the 2012 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com.

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