University of Vermont Police say multiple stabbings on campus Monday night were the result of a drug deal gone wrong.
"Four men were involved in an assault and robbery on campus," UVM Police Chief Lianne Tuomey said.
According to the police affidavit, three young men, including UVM student Eli Baron and two others from Pennsylvania, were looking to get the drug LSD from UVM student Jarrett Clark.
"These subjects were sort of known or affiliated with one another, that some people were looking for drugs and other people had drugs," Tuomey said.
When Clark met the group in the parking lot outside his Redstone campus dorm, he was allegedly mugged and claimed to be hit in the head with a rock before pulling a knife on his attackers. Student C.J. Buzzy lives on the same floor as Clark and says for the most part he kept to himself.
"Quiet, seemed like a nice kid, didn't talk to him that much, just passed him a couple of times in the hallway," Buzzy said.
Tuomey had little to say about the investigation and could not confirm if a weapon had been recovered.
"It's a little unnerving, but I kind of think it is an isolated incident," Buzzy said.
Adding to the tension on campus, students say the department failed to notify them in a timely manner of the violence on campus.
"I have never heard of a stabbing on campus and we didn't find out through a CAT alert," student Molly Poirier said.
Tuomey says students were updated through the department's Facebook page, but admits the university's emergency notification email system failed Monday night.
"There was a technological failure that happened. We did alert the community and it didn't work. The one medium, the email, didn't go out to the student population," Tuomey said.
Tuomey says she believed the incidents were isolated and did not feel the general student body was in danger.
Folks living near the crime scene say that drugs can be common on campus, but the violence is not.
"I don't walk alone at night anyways, but that's just how I have been and now I am definitely not going to," Poirier said.
One of the Pennsylvania men involved in the confrontation was arraigned on assault and robbery charges Tuesday. Clark is slated to appear in court Thursday for selling drugs.
Tuomey could not say what led to the technical failure with UVM's email notification system or what it would take to fix it.
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