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4 men arrested after attempted robbery at UHart

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Four men arrested after attempted robbery at University of Hartford. (WFSB) Four men arrested after attempted robbery at University of Hartford. (WFSB)

Four students were arrested for drug possession in connection with an armed robbery that caused a lockdown at University of Hartford.

University of Hartford students were told to stay indoors via Twitter after an armed robbery attempt on Thursday night that police said was drug-related.  

Police said four men entered the Reeves Residence Hall, which is the freshmen dormitory, around 5:40 p.m. One person tried to push his way inside a student's dorm room, but the student was able to fight back and close the door.

City and university police immediately started investigating and released surveillance photos of the suspects on Thursday night. Police arrested four University of Hartford students. 

School officials said the four men, whose identities were not released by police, are being held on drug possession charges, but nothing else.  

Even though arrests have been made, University of Hartford officials said they still want to learn more about four men who were seen on campus on Thursday. They are believed to be on- campus visitors, allowed in by students.

Police said they have stepped up security on campus and are doing extra checks on visitors. 

"It definitely scared me a little bit," said Alex Demerto, a University of Hartford student. 

This is the second issue at University of Hartford this month. Two weeks ago, Hartford police said a student was attacked at gunpoint during an attempted robbery.

"It's kind of crazy, kind of weird because it happened the week before at Spring Fling," said Jovanny Gomez, a student. 

University of Hartford President Walter Harrison said the university is dealing with a larger drug problem. 

"The use of marijuana among people in the 18-22 year age frame is a widespread problem," Harrison said. "We do a good job of educating students about the danger of the use but when you're 18-20 years old, you think you're invincible, that things won't happen. But unfortunately, many of these young people are learning the hard way there are serious consequences."

Those consequences being immediate suspension from school and not being allowed on campus.

"We identified two other residents students who was actively involved in possession of marijuana. Both of those students were residents and were also arrested," said John Schmaltz, Director of Public Safety at the University of Hartford. 

Police still need your help and if you know anything, you are urged to call campus police.

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