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Teens deny involvement in battery, theft at SDSU

Posted: 6:28 AM, Sep 17, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-17 13:28:58Z
SAN DIEGO -- Three teenagers who are persons of interest in a sexual battery and theft case at San Diego State University that occurred overnight Saturday deny any involvement in the crimes. 
 
According to San Diego police, 18-year-old Martin Tilmon, 17-year-old Kevin Soot, 16-year-old Marcus Haines and a fourth teen are being investigated for possibly stealing from SDSU students, as well as for sexual battery involving a girl on campus. Their pictures were posted to a flyer by SDSU campus police Sunday and emailed to the media and everyone on campus.
 
According to a bulletin from San Diego State University, the incidents occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 13. The four suspects were invited to a residence hall, where they stole items from several residents, the bulletin states. One of the suspects then allegedly placed a female’s hand on his groin. The suspects later fled, SDSU said. 
 
No one was hurt in the incidents. SDSU police later released surveillance photos of three of the four suspects. 
 
“I go and I see my face and I have a heart attack,” 18-year-old Martin Tilmon told 10News, describing the moment he saw himself and his friends on TV. 
 
Tilmon alleges the three were simply invited to SDSU for a party Sunday night. They said they are unsure who stole the belongings and who assaulted one of the students, but says it was not them.
 
“I'm here on camera letting you know I'm not a thief,” Tilmon said.
 
Tilmon said they have been getting death threats.
 
“I've already gotten comments about it, and it’s been disturbing,” Tilmon said.
 
The three have not been formally charged, but all were interviewed by SDSU police. The investigation is ongoing. 
 
“We shouldn't have even been there, we didn't do anything, we just went there to go party,” Marcus Haines said.