Fire and vandalism disrupt QU victory celebration

Maxime Giesen (L) and Robert S. Amonica

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Anticipating problems after Quinnipiac University’s victory in the Frozen Four semi-final game, Hamden Police say they had extra officers on hand to control the crowds.

“We had more police officers hired on the campus last night as opposed to a normal day,” said Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra.

Hamden Police teamed with QU security as hundreds of students gathered on campus at Bobcat Way. Still, some of the students got out of control, throwing items, starting fires, even knocking down a tree.

“It was just so insane and people were like climbing trees and like lighting stuff on fire,” said student Samantha Prevot.

“When I started seeing flames on the ground I was wondering why things weren’t being broken up. When the tree finally came down police were like everyone clear out,” said Qunnipiac University sophomore Laura Grasso.

With Quinnipiac advancing to the championship game on Saturday, police say the focus now is on keeping everyone safe during and after the game.

“Our focus tomorrow is really on life safety, public safety,” said Wydra.

Police expect even more students to be out and about on Saturday night. There will be increased police presence on and off campus, as officers monitor the roads and neighborhoods in which students live.

On Thursday, police arrested two students. Maxime Giesen and Robert Amonica were both charged with criminal mischief and are scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on April 21st.

Wydra says they hope they do not have to make any arrests on Saturday.

“Don’t throw bottles and cans. Don’t throw objects at each other. Do not start fires,” said Wydra. “There is a way to celebrate that meets expectations but we don’t want you to go beyond what we will allow you to do.”

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