College Athletes Set Off Smoke Alarms, Tie Dorm Doors Shut, Police Say

Three Connecticut college athletes were arrested for allegedly setting off a smoke alarm after they tied shut the doors of several dorm rooms, police told The Herald newspaper.

Christopher Scifo, Matthew Dortch and Patrick Robinson were charged with reckless endangerment, burning and mischief, among other offenses for what they said was a prank pulled at Central Connecticut State University.

When campus police at the school responded to an early-morning fire alarm, they found a "quad" of dorm rooms full of smoke and two full bags of charred popcorn in a microwave, according to The Herald of New Britain, Conn.

The incident happened at 3:14 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the Vance Hall dorm. A resident assistant there told firefighters that two doors on the fifth floor were tied shut with heavy fishing line. Several other doors on the fourth floor were also bound.

Residents were forced to struggle through a small opening in the doors to get out, police told The Herald.

“I didn’t intend to hurt anyone, just get a few laughs,” Scifo, 19, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., told police.

Scifo was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless burning, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace.

Matthew Dortch of Wayne Valley, N.J., and baseball player Patrick Robinson of Goshen, N.Y., both 18, face the same charges.

Dortch plays football for the school; Robinson plays baseball. Scifo, now of Tallahassee, Fla., used to play football for CCSU before transferring to a Florida university.

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