Trinity College security officers reported to the administration within hours of the March assault of a student on the edge of campus that a witness had described the two male attackers as "preppy-looking white males" accompanied by three females "believed to be of college age."
In internal reports obtained by The Courant, a security supervisor also reported that the suspects' car never passed by responding officers on Summit Street, strongly suggesting that the car turned into the campus on Vernon Street, which is a dead end that provides access to parking lots.
In the reports, the victim, Chris Kenny, and fellow student Tim Suspenski, who was with him, contradicted the statement of the witness. They both said the attackers were "Spanish."
Given these circumstances, sources said, security supervisors told the administration not to release a statement characterizing the suspects. Yet a day after the late-night attack on March 4, as parents of Trinity students decried the level of community violence in the city, Dean of Students Frederick Alford put the focus on the Barry Square neighborhood in a campuswide email.