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Quinnipiac Student Assaulted Roommate While He Was Sleeping: Police

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Police are investigating after a Quinnipiac University student allegedly assaulted his roommate in his sleep early Friday morning, according to Hamden police.

Officials said the incident happened at approximately 3:10 a.m. on 275 Mount Carmel Ave.

Officers with the Hamden Police Department and Quinnipiac Public Safety responded to a report of a possible fight between two roommates.

When police arrived, they found a 20-year-old student with a large laceration on his neck, officials said.

The student told police that his roommate jumped on top of him and began punching him in the face while he was sleeping. During the alleged assault, the student's roommate cut his throat with a knife, according to police.

Police said they were able to negotiate with the roommate and take possession of the knife.

An investigation showed that the altercation stemmed from an argument they had about a light in their room, according to police.

The victim was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment and has since been released, according to the university.

Interim Chief of Public Safety at the university, Don DiStefano, said the student who is accused of assaulting his roommate 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," DiStefano said in a statement.

Hamden police officials are investigating the incident.

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