UMass police arrest third person in connection with campus assault

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Staff Writer
Published: 4/3/2019 12:55:53 PM

AMHERST — A third person was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown this week for his alleged role in the March 27 assault in which a gun was shown during an attempted marijuana deal at a University of Massachusetts dormitory, according to UMass officials.

Alexsander O'Connell-Toplitz, 18, whose address is not known, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of armed robbery, larceny under $1,200, assault and battery and disorderly conduct, following his arrest Friday, UMass spokeswoman Mary Dettloff wrote in an email.

O’Connell-Toplitz was released on $250 cash bail, with conditions set that he commit no crimes, stay away from Dwight Hall on the UMass campus, make no contact with victims, stay away from drugs and alcohol, be subject to random drug testing, obey a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., stay in school and stay in contact with probation, Dettloff wrote. He will be back in court June 4 at 9 a.m.

Two other people, Clayton L. Bowser, 18, of 18 Kamins Circle, Amherst, and Alexander M. Walsh, 19, of 63 Locks Pond Road, Shutesbury, were previously arraigned on similar charges for their involvement in the incident, in which a physical altercation occurred on the third floor of Dwight Hall, a dormitory near the corner of Eastman Lane and North Pleasant Street. None of the three defendants in the case are UMass students. 

The two student victims, who were not injured, told police that a gun had been shown in the parking lot outside the dorm.

Dettloff said UMass Police are still investigating the incident, though all the suspects have been apprehended.

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


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