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UNH student stabbed, two other students face assault charges

Union Leader staff
February 20. 2016 2:42PM
Eric C. Denning, 21, left, and Matthew Gibbons, 20, are charged with assaulting a fellow UNH student. 

DURHAM - Two Salem men were arrested on assault charges following the stabbing of a fellow University of New Hampshire student early Saturday, police said.

Police responded to an emergency call about 12:45 a.m. Saturday at 17 Madbury Road, where officers found a 20-year-old man who had been stabbed, according to a release from Durham police. The man, whose name was not released, told officers he had been stabbed by an unknown assailant. He was treated at the scene, then taken to Wentworth Douglass Hospital for surgery on two stab wounds, police said.

Police said the man was listed as stable at the hospital.

Investigators had two other students in custody later Saturday morning and both are scheduled for arraignment Monday in Strafford County Superior Court.

Matthew Gibbons, 20, is charged with first degree assault and was being held on $100,000 cash bail in the Strafford County Jail.

Eric C. Denning, 21, is charged with second degree assault and criminal liability. His bail was set at $50,000.

Both Gibbons and Denning attend UNH and list their hometown as Salem, police said.

A UNH spokeswoman said that the university is “extremely disappointed” in the alleged conduct of Gibbons and Denning.

“Behavior of this type will absolutely not be tolerated and we have launched our own investigation into the incident,” said Erika Mantz, the school’s media relations director, in a statement.

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