A Bridgewater State University junior was being held on $5,000 cash bail Monday after he was charged with pushing another student from the roof of a garage at a house party early Monday.
Bridgewater police were already at the home on Burrill Avenue, called to respond to a disturbance just after midnight, authorities said, when 20-year-old Alexander Marquez allegedly came up behind the woman and pushed her off the roof into a crowd of partygoers, who had been yelling at the woman to “jump.”
The victim, also a Bridgewater State junior, was the only other person on the roof, according to Lieutenant Tom Schlatz. There were at least 200 people at the party.
The people standing below the two-car garage caught the victim as she fell, preventing any major injuries. Schlatz said the victim had bruises and scrapes on the right side of her body, but declined medical care.
Though the victim initially left the scene with the rest of the crowd, she arrived at the police station shortly after when the department asked via Twitter for her to come forward.
After pushing the woman, Marquez, from West Springfield, jumped off the garage roof himself and was immediately arrested. Schlatz said he does not believe the victim, who was not identified, knew Marquez.
Marquez was arraigned in Brockton District Court Monday and charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He pleaded not guilty and will return to court on Sept. 17.
Frederick Clark Jr., Bridgewater State University president, denounced the incident in a statement Monday, calling it “unacceptable to me and the entire campus community.”
He said the student code of conduct applies to both on- and off-campus actions, and the school will investigate.
“Bridgewater State University is a community and, as such, we need to treat each other with respect and dignity,” Clark said. “As president, my highest priority is ensuring the safety of each and every member of our community.”Felicia Gans can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.