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UConn sex assault suspect ordered to stay away from victim after arraignment

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Samuel Manzolillo faces a sex assault charge, according to UConn police. (UConn police photo) Samuel Manzolillo faces a sex assault charge, according to UConn police. (UConn police photo)
Police arrest 21-year-old suspect in connection with campus attack on woman (UConn police) Police arrest 21-year-old suspect in connection with campus attack on woman (UConn police)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

A University of Connecticut student accused in a disturbing assault on the school's campus in Storrs was ordered to stay away from the victim after facing a judge on Friday.

According to police, 21-year-old Samuel Manzolillo, of New York, attacked a woman from behind and grabbed her rear end with both hands. Manzolillo, who  is a senior studying engineering, faces fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree breach of peace charges.

Campus police sent out an alert Thursday afternoon with surveillance pictures of the suspect after the assault happened outside the Commissary Warehouse. Officers tracked down Manzolillo at his apartment and they found clothing matching that police said he was wearing in the surveillance pictures.

Manzolillo, who has no criminal record, appeared in Rockville Superior Court on Friday afternoon.

Following his court appearance, Manzolillo, who lives off campus, must stay 100 yards away from the victim, according to the protective order. He was also order to surrender all firearms and ammunition. 

Manzolillo was released with a promise to appear in court on Nov. 21. 

One UConn student remained rattled by the crime.

"I looked at the face on that guy. I said 'he's not a husky. He doesn't represent us. Even if he has the hoodie, that's not representative of what we stand for at all,'" said UConn junior Michael Laporte.

Students are relieved an arrest has been made.

"It seems to be happening a lot more often. People are getting away with it, and it can happen to anyone," said UConn sophomore Hannah Lachapelle.

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