Trinity College has moved swiftly to step-up campus security and police say they have increased patrols in the area following an attack early Sunday that left a student suffering serious facial injuries.
"This senseless and brutal attack instills in all of us a fear and anger and a recognition that the college must act immediately to improve safety of our students through both present and long-term actions," Trinity President James F. Jones said in a statement Tuesday.
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Trinity College, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA
"I want to assure you that I, as president, have no higher priority than this."
Hartford police Chief James. C. Rovella said more uniformed patrol officers, detectives and plainclothes officers will patrol the area near Trinity. In the meantime, major crimes division detectives have interviewed the victim and a witness and are following leads to find the attackers, police said.
The college plans hire 10 new security professionals to patrol key areas on foot, including Allen Place, Summit and Crescent Street, as well as on-campus, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Jones said. The college also will seek to hire a new senior security official.
Jones said administration also has taken steps to hire a consultant who would devise a safety plan that could include barriers, lighting, cameras, landscaping and possibly limiting access to college grounds.
"We expect the resulting plan to provide a comprehensive approach to ensuring safety and managing access to the campus, particularly in the evening and early morning hours," Jones said.
Police said they are also working with Trinity officials to increase safety on campus and the surrounding neighborhood.
Trinity sophomore Christopher Kenny was assaulted between 2 and 3 a.m. on Sunday near the intersection of Summit Street and Allen Place. He was walking with a friend when a witness said a dark car pulled up, five people got out and started kicking and beating Kenny.
Kenny suffered multiple facial injuries — including a broken jaw and cheekbone — and was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair his jaw Sunday afternoon. He has since been released from the hospital, a Trinity spokeswoman said.
Police said they hope the location of the attack, which is near several homes, means someone saw something that may help them find those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous tips line at 860-722-8477.