UMPD investigating assault following drug deal in Dwight Hall

Suspects produced firearm, no injuries reported


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By Will Katcher, Assistant Photo Editor

The University of Massachusetts Police Department is investigating a reported assault on two UMass students following a drug deal on campus earlier today, according to a campus-wide crime alert.

The suspects, both college-aged white males, “exhibited a firearm” during the altercation, though no parties required medical attention, the alert said. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the two male suspects.

At roughly 2:40 p.m., UMPD responded to Dwight Hall in Northeast Residential Area following reports of a “physical altercation,” but were unable to locate those involved. Later in the day, a witness contacted police and was able to provide further details that led “to a specific room in Dwight Hall,” according to the alert.

Responding for the second time, police determined that the assault had taken place following an attempted drug deal involving marijuana. After a physical dispute inside Dwight Hall, the incident had resumed outside where the suspects produced the weapon, the alert said.

“My understanding is that victims were not familiar enough with firearms to accurately describe what type of firearm it was,” said UMass executive director of strategic communications Ed Blaguszewski in response to questions on the details of the weapon.

The suspects reportedly fled in a red vehicle, though the campus-wide alert said the make and model of the car were undetermined. The alert added that one of the students was familiar with the suspects, and that the student is cooperating in the investigation.

The first suspect was described as having short blond hair, standing between 5’9” and 5’10”, with facial hair and wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans, while the second was listed as thin, with brown hair, standing 6’1 and wearing a bright red sweatshirt, blue jeans and white or grey Nike sneakers.

Those with information on the suspects or incident are encouraged to contact UMPD Officer Rey Martinez at 413-545-2121.

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