Two SUNY Plattsburgh students are facing felony charges. They are accused of assaulting another student from the school outside their frat house, allegedly attacking him and breaking his jaw and knocking out several teeth.
Police say it all started when the victim asked about his friend who claims she was sexually assaulted-- an allegation which is still under investigation.
"A lot of what happened that night was preventable," said Bryan Hartman, the vice president of student affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Plattsburgh Police arrested Nicholas Simmons, 20, and Luis Munoz, 21, both Plattsburgh students. Both are charged with the assault of a fellow student, Daniel Colflesh. The suspects may not only face punishment from the law, but from the school, as well.
"Conduct some additional interviews to fill in the gaps based upon information that has been told to our university police, and then once we complete our investigation, we will then most likely bring college charges against students," Hartman said.
Police say when Daniel Colflesh heard his friend had been allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted; he headed over to Brinkerhoff Street to investigate. That's when they say he was jumped-- his jaw broken and his teeth knocked out.
"Some more males come over to the area of Brinkerhoff Street, and they see a group of males on the porch of 147 Brinkerhoff Street, and they go on the porch and they then get involved in an altercation," Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot said.
Racicot says more charges are pending, and as the investigation continues, more arrests could be made.
"Right now, the arrests made are in reference to the first assault of the single male. The investigation with the female allegedly being drugged and sexually assaulted is under investigation," the chief explained.
School officials say they are waiting for city police to finish their investigation before beginning their own.
"Too many of our students are going to suffer consequences because of the poor decisions they made," Hartman said.
The police investigation is still ongoing. Police say more arrests could follow once they have fully investigated the alleged sexual assault.
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