By Katie Zeck
The man who allegedly attempted to lure a Rider student into his car was admitted to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton Wednesday for a psychological evaluation, according to a Capital Health representative.
Tony Kadyhrob, 68, of Lawrence Twp., has been depicted by his sister, who resides with him on the 2000 block of Princeton Ave., as a paranoid schizophrenic. For the past three months he has allegedly refused medication.
According to his sister, who asked not to be named, Kadyhrob has been in and out of mental health institutions since the 1970s and has “good and bad days.”
“He talks to himself and hears voices,” she told The Rider News in a telephone interview Wednesday night. “He calls the voices names and then speaks back to them.”
Kadyhrob’s actions over the past month had campus security at four different area universities on the lookout. His behavior and appearance — some have said he resembles actor Christopher Walken — have attracted national media attention, including Good Morning America, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post and online gossip sites TMZ and Perez Hilton, as well as making international headlines in the U.K.-based Daily Mail.
Lawrence Police arrested Kadyhrob on March 29 on charges of attempting to lure or entice an adult into a motor vehicle with purpose to commit a criminal offense with or against the person lured or enticed. The day before he allegedly grabbed a female student as she was walking towards Z lot and told her to get in his car. The victim yanked her arm away and he grabbed it again.
According to the affidavit of probable cause documenting the Rider incident, the victim was able to escape his grasp again and ran for help.
Public Safety released a description of Kadyhrob in a university-wide alert. The Public Safety phone lines subsequently “blew up” with calls in reference to a “creepy older guy on campus,” according to the affidavit.
Kadyhrob was arrested at his home and released on bail under the condition that he not return to Rider’s campus or have contact with the 19-year-old victim. Kadyhrob also was instructed to obtain a psychological evaluation by his April 5 court date at the Lawrence Twp. Municipal Court, but was unable to do so.
Kadyhrob was banned from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) by Campus Police after being spotted there on April 1, according to TCNJ’s website.
Then on Wednesday, a Princeton spokeswoman said he was spotted in Princeton Borough around 10:21 a.m. A campus safety alert was sent out to the Princeton University community.
“A community member observed the individual on Wiggins Street in Princeton Borough and called Public Safety, who notified the Princeton Borough Police,”the alert read. “Kadyhrob was later released [Wednesday]by Princeton Borough Police because he was not seen on university or school properties.”
Calls to Princeton Borough Police about the incident were not returned.Kadyhrob appeared at an arraignment at the Lawrence Twp. Municipal Court early Tuesday morning. His actions at Rider were deemed an indictable offense. Municipal judge Paul Catanese, ordered the defendant to appear at the Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton on Tuesday, April 12, with a psychiatric evaluation, and barred him from the property of any educational facility in the state. This could prove challenging as Kadyhrob lives across the street from Slackwood Elementray School.
At the arraignment, Kadyhrob repeatedly declared that he is “110 percent innocent.”
According to Kadyhrob’s audibly distraught sister, his schizophrenia presents disturbing and odd characteristics, but he is “not a bad person.”
“I don’t think he would have really hurt her,” she said of the March 28 Rider incident. “When he was normal he would never hurt anyone; he’s never been on drugs, he is a nice man. [This happened] because he stopped taking his medicine.”
Defined as a mental disorder, schizophrenia is classified as the inability to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to have normal emotional responses and to behave normally in social situations, according to Narzareth Academy High School psychologist Diane Budd.
Lt. Charles Edgar of the Lawrence Twp. Police Department agrees with Kadyhrob’s sister that Kadyhrob is not dangerous.
“I don’t see any indication that he is of any harm. He has never committed a sexual assault nor any other criminal offense,” Edgar said. “He is known to drink, and has had the ambulance called to his house on occasion.”
According to the affidavit, Kadyhrob said he “likes girls between 18 and 30 years of age” and that he is “in great shape, wears the sharpest clothes and all the girls want him.” He said he goes to Rider University to “look at the girls with the hopes of meeting a girl for a date and to go out and have fun.”
While Kadyhrob’s sister maintains that her brother is not a threat to anyone, some are still concerned with Kadyhrob’s motives and mental stability.
“This is scary,” wrote a student on The Rider News Facebook page. “Clearly he belongs in jail or a mental institution.”
In trying to determine Kadyhrob’s identity after the alleged luring, Edgar said it was found that he had, on occasion, been checked into the Pub on campus.
Head of Rider’s Department of Public Safety Vickie Weaver stated that Kadyhrob was signed into the Pub by current students “fairly recently.”
According to The Source, any non-Rider person must be the designated guest of a Rider community member to get into the Pub.
Edgar said Public Safety recognized the description of Kadyhrob provided by the victim because of Kadyhrob’s visits to the Pub.
“The evening shift security officers came on and they recognized the description and said it matched the description of someone they noticed at the Pub. They checked the records back at the Pub and found that Kadyhrob had signed into and been at the Pub,” Edgar said.
In a joint statement from Dean of Students Anthony Campbell, Weaver and Associate Vice President for Planning DebbieStasolla, the administrators still feel that Rider is a safe campus.
“This incident occurred during the early afternoon, in broad daylight,” the statement read. “We will continue to employ best practices as we work together with members of our university community to maintain the safety of our two campuses.”