UMass Police Issue Warrant in Assault Case Investigation

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AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Police today issued a warrant for the arrest of one suspect for an armed assault on a student in a residence hall. A second suspect in the case is still being investigated.

Meanwhile, police said video evidence of the Feb. 18 incident shows the two suspects being provided access to Pierpont Hall willingly by a UMass student. All residence halls at UMass Amherst, including Pierpont, are locked and have 24-hour swipe card security systems. Police said the victim was familiar with the suspects, who are not UMass students.

Police said the male victim suffered a laceration to the head and that he was treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and released.

Due to the active investigation, police have not yet released the name of the suspect named in the warrant. Charges include armed robbery, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. A handgun was shown but not fired during the incident, which occurred about 5:17 p.m. Thursday. Law enforcement agencies throughout the region are collaborating in the active investigation.

UMass Police Chief Tyrone Parham said, “We are committed to ensuring that UMass Amherst is a safe campus. While we do not believe the suspects remain in the area, we have nevertheless increased our police presence near Pierpont Hall and throughout the Southwest Residential Area.”

Further updates on the investigation will be provided as new information becomes available.