Police: Watertown teen attacked classmate with hatchet in her home; faces attempted murder charge

Police say the suspect surrendered peacefully a few hours later thanks to his close relationship with a school resource officer.

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2021, 11:55 PM

Updated 1,157 days ago

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A Watertown teen is accused of breaking into a classmate’s home and attacking her with a hatchet.
Police say the 16-year-old attacker, who has not yet been named, entered the victim's home on Morris Town Line Highway around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
They say he caused her severe injuries with a hatchet, then jumped from a second-floor window when confronted by her family and fled into nearby woods.
Police say the suspect surrendered peacefully a few hours later thanks to his close relationship with a school resource officer.
"Our school resource officer assigned to Watertown High was familiar with the offender and was able to make telephone contact. Due to the offender trusting the school resource officer, the suspect cooperated and made his location known, at which time he was taken into custody,” said Chief Joshua Bernegger.
The teen faces attempted murder and burglary charges. He was arraigned in Torrington Superior Court Thursday morning.
The victim was treated at a hospital and released. A GoFundMe campaign has been created to aid in her recovery. 
Police say when the attacker was taken into custody, he had a hatchet, kitchen knife, duct tape and binoculars in his backpack.
The attacker and victim are both students at Watertown High School. Police say the suspect may have been motivated by unrequited love. They says he had an “obsession with this particular female victim which led him to this crime."
"The female victim had mentioned her concern to her parents, but I don't think it left the household,” the chief said.


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