HAMDEN, Connecticut (WTNH) – A Connecticut man was arrested after breaking into the off-campus home of a Quinnipiac University student and attempting to break into someone else’s home in Hamden Tuesday night.
At around 11:30 p.m., Hamden Police responded to the dormitory near the main Quinnipiac University (QU) campus. The student was at her home when someone tried to forcefully break into a window, police said. She told police the suspect escaped after shining a flashlight on the window. The suspect never came to her apartment.
A short time later, officials responded to a similar call at a nearby house. Another QU student reported that a suspect got into her home through an unlocked back door while she was sleeping. She woke up to the suspect standing at the foot of her bed. The suspect ran away when the woman started screaming, police said.
No one was injured in either of the incidents.
Hamden Police found the suspect’s vehicle in the neighborhood and attempted to stop it, but it picked up and led the police on a chase. Police caught the suspect – later identified as Adiel Viana-Ribeiro, 24, from Bridgeport – on I-84. The officers said they found evidence in his car.
According to the police, Viana-Ribeiro delivers food and drives passengers for app-based service companies. They say he specifically targeted houses where he had previously supplied women.
He is accused of:
- 1st degree slump
- Criminal attempt to commit a first-degree break-in
- Second degree criminal nonsense
- 6th degree theft
- Include the police in the persecution
- Reckless driving
In a statement Wednesday evening, QU reminded students and staff to remain vigilant for their safety inside and outside their homes.
Quinnipiac Public Safety Officers conduct regular checks on all university-owned properties to ensure the safety of our student community. We appreciate the quick action of our students, who immediately called public safety when they heard a noise outside their home. Our officers responded immediately and coordinated with Hamden Police and Connecticut State Police, who opened an investigation and arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.
We have also reminded everyone in our university community to practice good security habits by always keeping their residence secure, whether they are at home or on the go.
– John W. Morgan, assistant vice president, public relations, Quinnipiac University
Viana-Ribeiro has been held on bond for $ 50,000 and will appear in court on December 29th.