AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Amherst Police are looking for two men accused of assaulting two students on campus during an attempted drug transaction that involved a gun Tuesday afternoon.
UMass Police said they were called to the third floor of Dwight Hall for a physical altercation around 2:40 p.m., which multiple officers responded and were unable to locate any persons involved.
Later that afternoon, a witness called UMass Police and provided additional details, which led officers to a specific dorm room in Dwight Hall. That was when the officers determined that two UMass students had been assaulted following an attempted drug transaction involving marijuana.
Further investigation revealed that the initial altercation had taken place inside Dwight Hall, which then continued into the parking lot where a gun was allegedly shown by the two men. UMass Police said the men left the area in a red car.
The two UMass students involved did not need medical attention following the incident. According to campus police, one of the students assaulted knows the suspects and is cooperating with police, who are following multiple leads including surveillance video.
The first suspect is described as a young white man of college age with short blond hair, 5’9 to 5’10 tall. He has facial hair and was wearing a white t-shirt with blue jeans. The second suspect is also said to be a young white man of college age, thin with brown hair and about 6’1 tall. He was wearing a bright red sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white/grey Nike sneakers.
If you see any of the suspects pictured above or the vehicle, you are asked not to approach.
Please call UMass Police at (413) 545-2121, you can also leave an anonymous message at (413) 577-TIPS (8477) or click here if you have any helpful information.