NEWARK, Del.- Police have arrested three University of Delaware students in connection with a weekend home invasion that left another student injured.
Newark police said the incident occurred at around 2 a.m. Saturday, when Andrew E. Lee, 21, of McLean, Va.; Jason B. Zimmell, 21, of Lincroft, N.J.; and Ayrton J. Doerr, 23, of Wayne, N.J., entered an unlocked apartment complex on Wrightstown Lane. Police said that after kicking through a locked bedroom door, the three students attacked a 22-year-old male UD student, who was in a bedroom with the resident, a 20-year-old female UD student. According to police, the three students assaulted the male victim with multiple kicks, punches and a candle jar. The assault ended when a female roommate entered the bedroom and intervened. Neither females were assaulted, police said.
Investigators said Lee and the female resident previously had a casual relationship that had recently ended. All victims and suspects were known to each other, police said.
Authorities said the 22-year-old male victim sustained a broken cheekbone, and required five stitches above his right eye, three below the right eye, and three staples on his head due to lacerations. He was treated at Christiana Hospital and released.
Lee, Zimmell and Doerr were each charged with home invasion, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree assault, second-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief under $1,000. They were released after posted $46,500 secured bail. They also received a no-contact order with the victim of the assault and the resident of the apartment, police said.