Quinnipiac student assaulted by roommate with a knife


Hannah Mirsky, Executive Producer

A 20-year-old Quinnipiac student was attacked by his roommate early this morning.

According to a Hamden police report, at 3:10 a.m. on February 26 the student woke up from his sleep to find his roommate had “cut his throat” with a knife.

In the report, the student said, “The attacker reportedly ‘jumped on top of him and continually punched him in the face.’” Hamden Police officer Paul Calamita and Quinnipiac Public Safety were able to negotiate with the roommate and take possession of the knife.

The dispute transpired from an argument the roommates had about a light in their room, according to the investigation.

Don DiStefano, Interim Chief of Quinnipiac Public Safety released a statement in an email to students.

“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 Department news release

Both students have been moved to Yale-New Haven Hospital to seek further medical treatment.

This is a breaking story. More details will emerge as the investigation continues.