UConn Student From Long Island Arrested When Macaroni-and-Cheese Quest Gets Physical

A University of Connecticut student from Long Island was arrested at an on-campus dining hall and video of the wild exchange with employees over macaroni and cheese went viral online.

A report from UConn police says 19-year-old Luke Gatti, of Bayville, New York, refused to leave Union Street Market, on the college's Storrs, Connecticut, campus just before 10 p.m. on Sunday when he was denied service because he had been drinking in the market.

A nine-minute expletive-laden video posted on YouTube Monday (Warning: video includes graphic language) appears to show Gatti confronting the market manager over bacon-jalapeno mac-and-cheese, then shoving the man several times until market staff detained him and police arrived.

Police responded to the market 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, but he had not responded as of Tuesday afternoon. It was not clear if he had an attorney.

UConn said 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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