A first-year School of Management student said two adolescents chased him and hit him with a brick Thursday evening as he walked on Mansfield Street.
The student, who did not want to be identified, said he received a one-inch laceration and required stitches after a young male threw the brick at him, hitting him just above his eyebrow. The student said the boy and his friend continued to pursue him after the attack until his yelling drew attention from residents of Mansfield Street.
Mansfield Street runs parallel to Prospect Street on Science Hill.
The SOM student said he passed two adolescents, who he estimated were about 14 or 15 years old, sitting on the steps of a house at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. After he walked by, the victim said the two black males got up and began following him. He crossed the street twice to make sure he was being followed and they remained behind him, he said.
The student said he heard one of the boys approaching and turned around to see him throwing the brick.
After being hit, the victim said he ran up the street trying to reach his car and was pursued by the two boys. He finally ran into the middle of the street to stop a passing car and began yelling, at which point the boys broke off the chase, he said.
New Haven police spokeswoman Bonnie Winchester said police and paramedics responded to the assault and treated the cut on the victim’s head. The student said some of the residents of Mansfield Street then took him to University Health Services, where tests for a possible concussion were negative.
“There were some kind folks at the end of the street,” he said. “I’m certainly grateful for that.”
The assault victim said the boy who threw the brick was approximately 5’6″ and was wearing a New York Knicks jersey, Winchester said. The student described the second male as approximately 5’4″ wearing a dark jacket with a white t-shirt, she said.
Winchester said there is no indication either of the youths spoke to the student either before or during the attack.
Jason Marshall SOM ’04, the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, said he no longer felt safe living on Mansfield Street, where many SOM and graduate students live.
“There’s a lot of crime. There have been multiple violent incidents on that street,” Marshall said. “I was glad I’m moving in a month.”
Marshall said police have been unable to adequately prevent crime in the Science Hill area.
“They’re trying, but the results are the results,” he said.
The student hit with the brick said he generally felt safe on Mansfield Street and said the neighborhood has improved markedly in the past 15 years.