by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 28, 2017) — On Tuesday night, Gateway Pundit owner Jim Hoft wrote on his website that he did not know the whereabouts of his reporter, Lucian Wintrich, following an altercation at the end of Wintrich’s scheduled speech at the University of Connecticut (UConn) at Storrs and Wintrich’s subsequent arrest.
Earlier on Tuesday, Hoft published video footage from Wintrich’s speech, titled, “It’s OK to be White,” sponsored by the UConn College Republicans but ill-received by student attendees who barely allowed Wintrich to deliver his remarks over more than 35 minutes.
At the end of his address, it appears that a female student confiscated something from Wintrich’s podium, after which Wintrich rushed at her and appeared to grab her. Video shows that he was led away by UConn Police.
Mainstream media reports said that the student audience shouted, “Go home, Nazi!” as Wintrich attempted to speak from the stage. Fox 61 described Wintrich as “right-wing” and his speech as “controversial,” thereby putting students “on edge.”
“Chaos on Campus” was the name of the segment. Fox 61’s reporter, Carmen Chau, mistakenly reported that UConn “invited” Wintrich to speak.
Wintrich is GP’s credentialed White House correspondent.
At 10:31 p.m. EST, The Post & Email called UConn Police to ask about Wintrich’s whereabouts. We were ultimately transferred by a police respondent to UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz, who told us that Wintrich is currently “in UConn Police custody on campus.”
At that moment, Reitz said she did not know if Wintrich was being interviewed at the police station or was in a holding cell.
Reitz said that no other arrests were made as a result of the altercation. She did say, however, that “police are talking with” a woman who appeared to take something from Wintrich’s podium following his speech, prompting his rushing after her.
Reitz added that “There’s been some misinformation that suggested there may have been tear gas used, and that actually wasn’t the case. Apparently what did occur is that a person broke the window at the lecture hall and threw in a smoke bomb. So we didn’t use tear gas at all, but somebody did throw in a smoke bomb.”
When we asked if Wintrich will be “safe” overnight, Reitz said, “Oh, yes; he’s in police custody, so he’ll be safe. UConn Police is a 24/7 professional police department. Depending on what the charges are…I think it’s going to depend what the charges are, if there’s a bond required; sometimes, depending on the charge, you can have a written promise to appear, in which case, I would presume he’d probably go to wherever he’s booked his hotel. But I don’t know specifics about that kind of thing.”
We asked where a court hearing would take place if there is one, to which Reitz responded, “Our court cases go to the Rockville Superior Court.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.