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UHart dorm room robbery suspect a Cromwell High School student

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James Mayze was one of four people who entered a University of Hartford dorm room last month in connection with an attempted robbery. (Hartford police/UHart photos) James Mayze was one of four people who entered a University of Hartford dorm room last month in connection with an attempted robbery. (Hartford police/UHart photos)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Cromwell High School student was arrested last week in connection with an attempted University of Hartford dorm room robbery.

Hartford police said on April 28, Mayze James, 18, tried to enter a room of the Reeves residence hall with a gun shown and demanded marijuana.

However, an occupant of the room was able to fend off the suspect, which forced him to flee the complex.

Police said the victim suffered a cut to the chin but was otherwise OK. The victim was able to provide officers with a detailed description of James, right down to his distinctive footwear.

Investigators said they reviewed surveillance video, which showed the attacker, the gun and his shoes. The suspect wasn't masked at the time the video was recorded. As a result, UHart police said they were able to identify him along with at least three other people who were with him. The four were seen entering the residence hall shortly after 5:30 p.m.

Probable cause was developed for James and an arrest warrant was granted.

James was arrested at his home on Friday and charged with criminal attempted to commit robbery and second-degree assault with a firearm.

Cromwell Public Schools was notified by Hartford police that one of its students was arrested in connection with the attempted robbery.

James was a member of the high school's football team. He was reportedly headed to Milford Academy, a prestigious prep school in New York where alums are known to go to the NFL.

The school system issued a statement that said it was not a school-related event.

"The district will continue to work with the Cromwell and Hartford Police departments as their investigation continues," the statement read. "In addition to criminal charges the student will also face appropriate disciplinary action pending the district's investigation. Cromwell Public Schools takes this situation very seriously and are taking precautions to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff which is always the district's main priority."

Police said several arrests have been made over the course of the investigation. The motive appeared to be marijuana.

Investigators said the drug and cash appear to be the driving force behind the robbery attempt.

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