Quinnipiac College college students mentioned they really feel much less secure after police reported two tried burglaries by the identical DoorDash driver focusing on school ladies on the night time of Nov. 16, at two off-campus homes.
Sara Cosseboom, a second-year social work graduate scholar, mentioned she was terrified after listening to in regards to the tried burglaries as a commuter scholar herself.
“I reside off campus, and it’s all the time my largest concern, particularly with all of the latest crime in Hamden,” Cosseboom mentioned. “I undoubtedly don’t plan on utilizing DoorDash, Uber Eats, and so forth. anymore due to this. It’s not one thing I ever thought of so now it’s one thing I’m conscious of now.”
The suspect, who was taken in custody following a police pursuit, was recognized as 24-year-old Adiel Viana-Ribeiro of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect focused homes the place he delivered to college-aged ladies, in keeping with Hamden Police.
WTNH reported that DoorDash has already eliminated Viana-Ribeiro as a driver for its platform.
Hamden Police responded to 2 experiences of tried residential housebreaking from college students on Kimberly Avenue and Westwoods Highway at round 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night time.
The alleged sufferer on the home on Westwoods Highway reported that the suspect entered when she was asleep and stood on the foot of her mattress earlier than fleeing as soon as she began to yell. One other alleged sufferer from Kimberly Avenue reported that the suspect tried to interrupt a window however didn’t enter earlier than he escaped the scene on foot.
It saddens me to listen to that there’s one more incident at an off-campus home. I hope that whoever lived in the home is OK, that’s a traumatic expertise.”
— Lauren Atkinson, senior pc science main
One other feminine scholar residing off campus, senior pc science main Lauren Atkinson mentioned her sense of safety modified after studying of the incidents.
“This might have been me,” Atkinson mentioned. “It saddens me to listen to that there’s one more incident at an off-campus home. I hope that whoever lived in the home is OK, that’s a traumatic expertise.”
Atkinson questioned if present patrolling from Hamden Police and Quinnipiac Public Security is sufficient to stop incidents like these. She mentioned that supply and rideshare app-based firms ought to run thorough background checks and implement psychological evaluations on its drivers.
Quinnipiac Public Security despatched an e-mail Wednesday night time to the college group of what occurred — just for the incident at Kimberly Avenue — shortly earlier than Hamden Police issued a press launch.
Despite the fact that Cosseboom thought Quinnipiac did effectively informing its college students, she mentioned the college ought to have included the complete particulars of the 2 incidents in its announcement.
“I do want we acquired extra info that it was really two homes,” Cosseboom mentioned. “Most college students don’t learn exterior sources so that they suppose it was minor from (solely studying) the e-mail we acquired.”
Chief of Public Security Tony Reyes advised The Chronicle in an e-mail assertion that the home on Westwoods Highway will not be affiliated with the college and that the data of that incident was not out there to him when he despatched out the e-mail.
“The scholars who reside in the home on West Woods didn’t notify Public Security in regards to the intruder, and Hamden Police had not shared particulars of the break in on West Woods,” Reyes mentioned. “The Hamden Police Division is finest positioned to offer any particulars in regards to the suspect, together with his work in meals supply, because it’s the lead investigatory company on this with the Connecticut State Police.”
Atkinson mentioned Public Security did “an excellent job,” however she wished it looped college students in earlier.
“I perceive that they wish to be sure that we’re receiving correct and concise info however at the least a preliminary report ought to have been given to us,” Atkinson mentioned.
Viana-Ribeiro was charged with first-degree housebreaking, first-degree felony housebreaking try, second-degree felony mischief, sixth-degree larceny, participating police in pursuit and reckless driving. He was held on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to look at Meriden Superior Court docket Dec. 29.