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Feds pounce on UGA sophomore dressed as ninja

(Athens, Georgia-AP) April 12, 2006 - University of Georgia sophomore Jeremiah Ransom of Macon has learned that running through campus as a ninja can elicit a prompt response from authorities.

Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents who were on campus for a community training project Tuesday detained Ransom as a "suspicious individual" when they spotted a masked figure darting about.

Ransom told The Red and Black student newspaper that he had left a Wesley Foundation pirate versus ninja event when someone yelled "freeze" and he was snared by agents with guns drawn. At first, he thought a friend was playing a joke.

University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Ransom was released as soon as he was found to have violated no laws.

Vanessa McLemore, the ATF special agent in charge, said agents thought something was amiss when they noticed someone wearing a bandanna across the face and acting in a somewhat suspicious manner, then breaking into a run.

Williamson said Ransom was wearing black sweat pants and an athletic T-shirt with one red bandanna over the bottom half of his face and another covering the top of his head.

posted 10:45pm by Jason Reynolds

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