UConn Student Arrested After Mac-and-Cheese Scuffle

A University of Connecticut student was arrested Sunday night after allegedly drinking at an on-campus dining area and scuffling with management over mac and cheese in an encounter that was captured on camera.

According to a report from UConn police, Luke Gatti, 19, of Bayville, New York, refused to leave the Union Street Market on the Storrs campus around 10 p.m. Sunday when he was denied service because he had been drinking there.

A nine-minute expletive-laden video posted on YouTube Monday appears to show Gatti confronting the market manager because he wanted bacon-jalapeno mac and cheese, then shoving the man several times until market staff detained him and police arrived.


Police responded after receiving a 911 call from someone who said the student refused to leave and the disturbance had turned physical.

Gatti was charged with second-degree breach of peace and first-degree criminal trespass. He is due in court on Oct. 13.

NBC Connecticut has reached out to Gatti, who had not responded as of Tuesday afternoon. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

UConn issued a brief statement saying federal student privacy provisions prevent the university from discussing potential discipline cases involving students.

"Generally speaking, any UConn student found to have violated the provisions of the Student Code may face penalties imposed by the Division of Student Affairs that range from probation to expulsion," the e-mailed statement says.

According to court records from Massachusetts, Gatti was arrested twice in 2014, when he was a student at the University of Massachusetts. He was charged with disorderly conduct in one case and disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer in the other.

No information was immediately available on either case.

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