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December 12, 2013

Police: Two arrested after frat-house assault

PLATTSBURGH — Two SUNY Plattsburgh students are charged with felony assault, accused of fracturing the jaw of another student outside the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity house.

“We anticipate further arrests,” said Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot.

As well, SUNY Plattsburgh ordered that the fraternity cease all activities, and its national headquarters has suspended the chapter, Michelle Ouellette, director of public relations and publications, said Wednesday afternoon.

TWO CHARGED

Nicholas C. Simmons, 20, and Luis M. Munoz, 21, both Alpha Chi Rho (AXP) fraternity members, assaulted fellow student Daniel Colflesh, 18, outside the frat house at 147 Brinkerhoff St. in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, Racicot said.

Sometime around 1:30 or 2 a.m., Colflesh arrived at the AXP frat house and, from the sidewalk, asked some men on the porch of the residence to speak with the person he believed to have sexually assaulted a friend earlier that night, Racicot said.

At around that time, the young woman and her friends were filing an incident report with SUNY Plattsburgh University Police, he said.

’MISTAKEN LOCATION’

While the sexual assault is still under investigation, Racicot said, authorities have determined it did not happen at the AXP house.

“This girl was not sure where she was at” when the alleged incident happened, he said. “We were able to tell that she was not at 147 Brinkerhoff St.”

’TRIED TO GET AWAY’

On Nov. 23, as Colflesh stood on the sidewalk, some men, including Simmons and Munoz, came off the porch and converged on him, Racicot said.

“He tried to get away. They followed him into the street.”

The group of men starting punching and kicking Colflesh, breaking his jaw and knocking out two of his bottom teeth, the chief said.

They then went through his pockets, and Munoz stole an electronic cigarette, Lt. Pat Rascoe said, an act considered a robbery because it coincided with an assault.

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