Amherst police arrest three suspects for breaking into UMass dorm rooms

The names of those suspects will not be released until after their arraignment

The third suspect (left) is described as a white male with a thin build and dark hair, who was wearing a grey and blue hooded sweatshirt at the time.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMASS Amherst police arrest three suspects for breaking into dorm rooms, early Sunday morning.

Two of those suspects are UMASS Amherst students and the third suspect was not a student. A close call for UMASS Amherst students this morning.

Campus police were called to the Washington Hall dorms around 4 o’clock this morning, for reports of three masked men attempting to break into multiple rooms on different floors.

22news asked students if they feel safe. Olivia Stoddard, a UMASS sophomore said, “Yeah I think they’re doing a good job, with it going late into the night, especially on weekends. I transferred from UNH and I know they didn’t have any security there. I think they’re doing a good job.”

Police arrested two suspects. The third suspect initially got away, but police were able to arrest him too.

One student who lives at the Washington residence dorm hall told 22News, the situation could have been a lot worst. Kelly Shea, a UMASS sophomore said, “I feel pretty safe here, but they probably could have checked their IDs to make sure they weren’t going to do anything bad.”

Kelly said security is staffed in the building on weekends, from 8pm to 2am. And on week days from 8pm to midnight.

The door only opens if you swipe your keycard and your keycard will only work at your specific residence hall. But it’s common for a student with a card to just hold the door for someone behind them, who may not.

UMAS Amherst spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski told 22News, all three suspects face several charges, including, two counts of armed burglary, one count of larceny under $200, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

The names of those suspects will not be released until after their arraignment. All three suspects are expected to be arraigned Monday morning at Belchertown district court.

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