Hamden PD: Quinnipiac student allegedly assaults roommate with knife, university responds


HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Hamden Police Department is investigating a roommate assault that involved a knife at Quinnipiac University on Friday.

According to police, officers responded to 275 Mount Carmel Avenue at 3:10 a.m. on a report of a “possible fight between two roommates.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 20-year-old student with a “large laceration” on his neck. According to the student, he was asleep when his roommate allegedly jumped on top of him and began to punch him in the face, then slashed his throat with a knife.

Police say they were able to negotiate with the roommate and take possession of the knife. Further investigation revealed the fight began from an argument about a light in their room.

According to the Interim Chief of Quinnipiac University Public Safety Don DiStefano, the victim has been released from the hospital. The suspect was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

The full statement can be seen below:

Early this morning Quinnipiac Public Safety and the Hamden Police Department responded to a report of a possible altercation between two roommates, and one of the students involved reported being cut with a knife. The victim was treated at a local hospital and we are grateful to learn he has since been released from the hospital.

The Hamden Police are actively investigating, and our Public Safety Department will continue to support the investigation. The student who allegedly caused the injuries has been suspended from the university pending the outcome of the investigation and student conduct meeting.

We appreciate the quick response of the Hamden Police, and our public safety officers and student affairs staff are committed to ensuring a safe campus environment for our students.

Hamden police are continuing their investigation.

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