Schenectady police investigate ‘unprovoked’ attack on Union College student downtown Monday night

A surveillance still from the attack. Provided (Inset); File (background)

A surveillance still from the attack. Provided (Inset); File (background)

SCHENECTADY – City police are investigating an “unprovoked” attack on a Union College student downtown late Monday night that sent the student to the hospital.

The student, 19, appeared to be knocked unconscious and suffer a cut on his head as a result of the attack, according to police and a video of the attack. He was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment and was later released, police said.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon and detectives were conducting further interviews, police said. They were also canvassing area restaurants for images or video that might help identify the attacker, police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon said.

The attack was captured on a surveillance video from a nearby camera that appeared to show the victim knocked unconscious, according to video obtained by The Daily Gazette.

The incident happened at about 11:42 p.m. on Clinton Street, police said. A group of Union College students had been at a local restaurant having dinner, believed to be Zen, and began to walk back to campus via Clinton Street, McCutcheon said.

As they walked on Clinton between State and Franklin streets, the 19-year-old “was the victim of an unprovoked attack by another male,” McCutcheon said.

In the video, the victim, in a white shirt, is seen walking with someone else. That other person then briefly gets ahead of him. In the background, a man dressed in mostly dark clothing appears to run up to the victim from behind and punch him. The victim then falls to the pavement and hits his head on the curb and appears to lie motionless.

The attacker then can be seen immediately running out of camera range.

Asked about the incident Tuesday, a Union College spokesman indicated the school had learned of it and was working with police.

“We are aware of the incident involving one of our students who was assaulted last night off campus. Our first concern is always for the safety of our students and our community,” the college’s statement read. “We have been in communication with the Schenectady police about the incident.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the city Police Department’s tips line, 518-788-6566.

Gazette reporter Zachary Matson contributed to this article.

Surveillance video of the attack. Note the description above, discretion is advised:

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the city Police Department’s tips line, 518-788-6566.

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