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Connecticut student burned after roommate is accused of throwing hot water on him

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — One Eastern Connecticut State University student was hospitalized after being scalded with hot water by his roommate, who was charged with the assault and faced the judge on Wednesday.

Police at ECSU said they were called to the residence hall on campus just after midnight following a 911 call for a possible burn victim.

“We got there we found out one of the students was in the shower and allegedly his roommate poured some hot water on him,” ECSU Police Chief Jeffrey Garewski said.

Akwasi Poku was treated for burns to his face at Bridgeport Hospital early Tuesday. He was treated and released on Wednesday afternoon.

The roommate was identified as 19-year-old Brian Fichman, who is a sophomore at ECSU. Fichman was charged with reckless endangerment and assault and was arraigned on Wednesday.

ECSU police investigators never got a chance to talk to the alleged victim. He was initially brought to Windham Hospital for his facial burns and then transported to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police said there is no motive for the incident.

“Akwasi was a senior and his roommate a junior in Wethersfield. They never had any trouble,” Poku’s father said.

Garewski calls this an “extremely isolated case” and it remains under investigation. However, many questions remain to be answered.

As for the accused, Fichman bonded out and the case referred to family relations for an assessment. A court report in the case is due next month.

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