San Diego man accused of stabbing classmates while rehearsing fight scene

HARTFORD -- A San Diego man was accused of stabbing two students as they rehearsed a scene for class at a university in Connecticut, WTIC reports.

According to Hartford Police Department, the stabbing happened on campus at University of Hartford on Sunday afternoon.

A mugshot shows Jake Wascher, a San Diego man accused of stabbing fellow classmates while rehearsing a scene at a Connecticut university.
(Photo: Hartford Police/WTIC)

Jake Wascher, 21, of San Diego, was arrested for allegedly stabbing both victims. Witnesses told police the students were rehearsing a scene from a movie as a class assignment.

The suspect was "acting out" a scene in which a person gets stabbed when witnesses say he started to actually stab the two other students. He ran away after the attack but was tracked down in the woods near campus about two hours later and arrested, police said.

The 19-year-old and 21-year-old victims were taken to the hospital with serious injuries from multiple stab wounds. The-19 year-old was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

A Facebook profile matching Wascher's name and mugshot said he was pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting at The Hartt School, a performing arts conservancy at the university. The profile says he attended the Coronado School of the Arts in San Diego County before college.

A background search reveals an address in Clairemont and no recorded criminal history for Wascher.

Police said he faces assault charges that could be upgraded. Police said that none of the students have previous criminal activity.

The University released a public statement saying the "campus community is deeply saddened by the serious incident involving the assault of two students on campus this afternoon. The injured students were immediately transported to area hospitals for treatment and law enforcement secured campus."

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