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Former UConn student known for mac & cheese rant arrested again

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Luke Gatti was arrested for battery on police officer. (Palm County Police website) Luke Gatti was arrested for battery on police officer. (Palm County Police website)

A former University of Connecticut student prominently featured in a viral video during which he went on a profanity-laced rant about being denied macaroni and cheese was arrested again.

Police in Florida charged 19-year-old Luke Vincent Gatti with battery on a police officer and resisting an officer with violence.

His arrest comes after Gatti, who lives in Bayville, NY, was being treated for alcohol addiction at the Sunrise Detox Center in Fort Lauderdale. The incident took place around 11 a.m. on May 28.

 After checking into the facility, his vitals showed elevated levels and was going through withdrawals. Around 4:30 p.m., Gatti left the Sunrise Detox Center after police said the doctor denied him medication for his withdrawals. 

Police said Gatti had no shoes on his feet and was without his possessions when he left the detox center. The staff called police.

Around 5:45 p.m., Gatti returned to the Sunrise Detox Center and police said he "appeared extremely angry and agitated." Police said Gatti was screaming at the staff to gave him back his property. 

Gatti, who appeared sweaty and out of breath, told police that he did not want the staff's help and wanted to be be left alone. Police said Gatti stated he did not care if he got hurt or hurt someone else. 

While making his way toward the exit, police determined that Gatti needed to be taken into custody. 

While reaching for Gatti's right hand, police said he pulled away his hand. When reaching for the hand again, the officer was struck and told them to get away from him. 

The officers were able to get Gatti to the ground. While struggling with the officer, they fell through the doorway and into another room. Eventually, officers were able to handcuff Gatti after they said they would tase him. 

Gatti was rushed to Baca Raton Hospital to be examined and then taken to Palm Beach County Jail.

During the time Gatti was in custody, Police said he made suicidal statements including stating he wanted to die. He added that he needed drugs and alcohol to feel better and had thoughts of people hurting him. He even asked the officer to do him a favor and shoot him with his duty weapon. 

Last year, Gatti complained to a UConn cafeteria manager about not being served bacon jalapeño mac and cheese. The whole incident was caught on camera and posted to YouTube.

In the about 9 minute clip, Gatti appeared to shove the manager and another student who attempted to intervene. Later in the video, he refused to leave the cafeteria and shoved the manager again. A third employee secured Gatti on the ground and police arrived a short time later to arrest him

Following that incident, Gatti apologized for his actions on YouTube.  

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