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Hartford Police Still Investigating Trinity College Assault

Say Following Several Leads, Including One That Attackers May Have Been Students

By Jeff Cohen

April 05, 2012

It's been a month since a Trinity student was brutally assaulted just off campus. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, police say one possibility they're looking into is that his attackers may have been Trinity students.

Student Chris Kenny was severely beaten on March 4th. But since then, the only hard lead given out by the Hartford Police Department is this: the suspects are three white females and two white males in their 20's. They left the scene in what may have been a black, two-dour coupe.

Appearing on WNPR's Colin McEnroe Show, Hartford Police Lt. Brian Foley said the department has gotten various tips about just who those five people were.

Cohen: Are you in a position to say affirmatively if the assailants were Trinity students, not Trinity students, people who lived in Hartford, people who didn't live in Hartford?

Foley: We have received different leads, and those leads have led us in both directions. We're following up on all of them and I can't give you any more than that -- that we're following up on everything we can.

Foley also said that Kenny, the student who was attacked, has spoken with police.

"All I can give you is that the victim has been cooperative with us and in our eyes, we believe honest."

Meanwhile, school officials say they'd like some news, too. Ronald Joyce is Trinity's vice president of college advancement.

"I've reported to our trustees and our president that there's a possibility that this case will never be resolved, that we'll never have definitive information about it, and that it will simply go down in history as an assault without a conviction."

And while the school wants to know who the assailants were, Joyce says that any answer to the question is a bad one for the college.

"I don't think there's a winning hand in this, if you want to call it that way...The ramifications of the answer on either side has injury to the reputation of the college."

Police say anyone with information about the incident should get in touch.

Reprinted with permission of Jeff Cohen, author of the blog Capital Region Report. To view other stories on this topic, search Capital Region Report at http://capitalregionreport.wordpress.com/.
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