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Posted: November 01, 2017

University of Hartford student arrested after allegedly poisoning freshman roommate


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University of Hartford student arrested after allegedly poisoning freshman roommate
This booking photo released Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, by the West Hartford Police Department shows University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu, charged with smearing body fluids on her roommate's belongings in West Hartford, Conn. (West Hartford Police Department via AP)

By Alex Thomas, Rare.us

A University of Hartford freshman was arrested this weekend after she allegedly admitted to a series of disturbing acts against her roommate in a confession that was posted to a social media account under her name.

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On Saturday, police took 18-year-old Brianna Brochu into custody on charges of third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace, MassLive reports. The arrest comes after an Instagram post was found on her account saying that she spent the past month and a half secretly abusing her roommate. In the post, the freshman allegedly admitted to “putting moldy clam dip in her (roommate’s) lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack and putting her toothbrush places where the sun don’t shine.” At one point in the post, her roommate is referred to as “Jamaican Barbie.”

Brochu’s roommate, Jazzy Rowe, posted a video to Facebook in which she said that she’s constantly been sick throughout the school year. She said that her illness began with throat pain that she thought was a cold. After three weeks, the pain was so fierce that she couldn’t speak. Finally, Rowe moved out, and moments after she left her old room, she claims that two resident assistants came up to her and showed her the Brochu’s Instagram post.

University of Hartford President Greg Woodward issued a statement saying that he has met with Rowe and been in communication with her family. He also said “racism and hatred will not be tolerated on the campus.” Woodward later wrote in a statement that Brochu is no longer a student at the university. 

Police have ordered Rowe and Brochu not to contact each other, the Hartford Courant reports. She was arrested by the West Hartford Police Department, who have not released a statement.


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