HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A custodian was injured by an intruder at a school in Hamden Tuesday morning.
According to police, an alarm was triggered at Hamden’s Wintergreen Magnet School at 670 Wintergreen Ave. around 5 a.m. The custodian was notified of the alarm and reported it to the school.
Police said that when the custodian arrived, he found an unknown man who had entered the school illegally. When the custodian asked the suspect to leave, he assaulted him, taking his wallet, keys and car.
The custodian was transported to the hospital for facial injuries, police said.
Detectives are on-scene investigating the incident, and there is a police presence at the school. Hamden police issued two surveillance photos of the suspect Tuesday afternoon.
“It is my hope that the person responsible for this senseless act of violence is apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Hamden Superintendent Gary Highsmith said in a statement.
Kenneth Kaminsky, President of AFSCME Local 431 Hamden Custodians Union shared the following statement with News 8:
“Hamden Custodians Union, represented by AFSCME Council 4, is committed to ensuring union members are safe and protected on the job. We are working closely with the Superintendent to implement immediate safety measures. [The victim] is in our thoughts and we will continue to stand by him through every step of his recovery from this shocking and terrible incident,” Kaminksy said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Hamden police.