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Police: Mercy Students Causing Trouble In Elmsford

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Some Mercy College students housed in the Hampton Inn and Extended Stay hotel in Elmsford were involved in multiple disturbances around the village, police said.

The issues began Sept. 13, Elmsford police said, when a female student was arrested and charged with assault on another female student around midnight that Thursday. A group of three women, all Mercy students staying at the Hampton Inn at 200 Tarrytown Road, walked past another female, and one of the women in the group attacked her, according to police.

A struggle ensued, resulting in a cut on the victim's face, police said.

On Sept. 15, police responded to another call around 6 p.m. about a physical altercation between two female students at the Hampton Inn. Neither of the students pursued charges.

On Saturday, a caller reported that four men were walking through construction areas on Route 119 at 2 a.m. The men were yelling profanities, according to the report. One man picked up a paint stick in the construction zone, while another exposed his genitals, police said.

The men fled the scene and walked into the Hampton Inn, according to the report. Police said they identified one of the men and confirmed him as a Mercy student. The investigation is still ongoing, police said.

The college is housing students in the hotels because of an overflow of applications this semester.  Mercy has been partnering with hotels near its campus in Dobbs Ferry for the past few years to accommodate its extra students. According to Mercy's website , the hotel rooms cost the same rates as Mercy's residence halls, with shuttle service throughout the day and evening to and from the campus.

A Hampton Inn manager declined to comment about whether the hotel staff was experiencing similar complaints.

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