Pair plead not guilty in UMass campus assault

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Staff Writer
Published: 3/28/2019 4:47:02 PM

AMHERST — Two men allegedly involved in an assault and who showed a gun during an attempted marijuana deal at a University of Massachusetts dormitory Wednesday have been arraigned on several charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, according to UMass officials.

Clayton L. Bowser, 18, of 18 Kamins Circle, Amherst, and Alexander M. Walsh, 19, of 63 Locks Pond Road, Shutesbury, who were both arrested by UMass Police, pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday to charges of robbery, armed larceny under $1,200 and assault with a dangerous weapon, UMass spokeswoman Mary Dettloff said.

Bowser was also arraigned on a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds and assault and battery, while Walsh was also arraigned on a charge of disorderly conduct, Dettloff said.

Judge William O’Grady ordered both men held on $2,500 cash bail, instructed them to obey all laws and stay in Massachusetts, have no firearms or other serious weapons, and to stay away from the victims involved in the case as well as the UMass campus, Dettloff said. They are also ordered to remain drug- and alcohol-free, submit to random drug testing, report to probation in person once a week and, if they meet bail, to be fitted with a GPS tracker prior to release and abide by a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. A bind-over hearing is scheduled for April 27.

At 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, the men, along with a third suspect who is still being sought by UMass Police, allegedly got into a physical altercation on the third floor of Dwight Hall, a dormitory near the corner of Eastman Lane and North Pleasant Street, though everyone fled when officers arrived.

Additional information and accounts from witnesses to the altercation later in the afternoon led police to identify the two UMass students who had been assaulted and report that a gun had been shown in the parking lot outside the dorm. The students involved were not injured.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact UMass Police investigating Officer Rey Martinez at (413) 545-2121. Anonymous information can be left by voicemail at (413) 577-TIPS (8477) or by using the UMPD anonymous witness form at umass.edu/umpd/anonymous-witness-form.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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