Drama Student Goes on Stabbing Spree While Acting ‘Too Hard’ in Scene Rehearsal

“Wascher stated he stabbed his victims because was ‘into his character’ and ‘my emotions got the best of me, and I acted a little to [sic] hard.”

A 21-year-old man working on the reenactment of a fight scene from a movie allegedly attacked two of his peers Sunday  afternoon because he was “into his character” and “acted a little to [sic] hard,” according to a police report obtained by WTIC.

The incident took place inside an on-campus apartment.

Jake Wascher is accused of stabbing two University of Hartford students while rehearsing a scene from a movie for a class assignment. Police said Sunday that Wascher had been playing the main protagonist of the 2004 thriller “The Butterfly Effect,” starring Ashton Kutcher. Wascher reportedly studies acting at the University of Hartford.

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According to Hartford Police, Wascher suddenly stabbed both victims in the middle of the rehearsal. One student, 21, was stabbed four times in the back and once in chest. The other victim, 19, was stabbed once in the back and once in the chest.

The 19-year-old victim is in critical condition.

“Wascher stated he stabbed his victims because he was ‘into his character’ and ‘my emotions got the best of me, and I acted a little to [sic] hard,” the police report said.

Witnesses told police that they were alerted to the attack when they heard screams in the apartment. The witnesses said Wascher stabbed the 21-year-old victim first. After the male 19-year-old victim yelled for Wascher to stop, witnesses said, he was stabbed as well. Wascher even threw the knife at the 19-year-old after stabbing him, according to witnesses. Wascher fled the scene and was eventually lured out of the woods where he was hiding by police’s verbal commands.

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According to the report, Washer repeatedly told officers who confronted him at the scene, “I left the scissors on the basketball court that I used to do it.”

Washer faces two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder and two counts of first-degree assault.

Wascher’s Facebook activity suggests sympathy for liberal causes and a disdain for President Donald Trump, a fact that has led some to politicize the attack. “Just your typical unhinged leftist that cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality,” wrote one commenter on Wascher’s Facebook page.

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