Mom of Rutgers student accused of attempted murder: He’s the victim
The mother of the suspect in a double-stabbing at Rutgers University says her son is the real victim.
Daniel J. Leandry, 18, of Garfield is charged by Rutgers Police with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes for the alleged Friday-night stabbing of two people inside his dorm room at Mettler Hall after a confrontation in the residence hall's lobby.
Jean Leandry, however, told NJ.com she disputes the account and said four students attacked her son, and he went to his dorm room after being attacked.
"He has a concussion, a broken hand, a dislocated jaw, bumps all over his head and face and bruises all over his body," she reportedly said. "They took him to the hospital, then they took him to jail.
Rutger University spokesperson E.J. Miranda in an email said the school does not comment on ongoing investigations.
Leandry is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional facility in lieu of $735,000.00 bail.
The incident was the first of two reported violent crimes on the New Brunswick campus this weekend. Rutgers Police say a student was attacked by a man with a "sharp metal object" along College Avenue last Saturday night.