Press-Republican

December 13, 2013

3rd arrested in AXP case; PSU withdraws frat recognition

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — A third suspect has been arrested in connection with an alleged gang assault at the Alpha Chi Rho frat house, and SUNY Plattsburgh has withdrawn its recognition of the Greek organization.

Jake Feldman, 20, of Old Bethpage was taken into custody Wednesday by Nassau County Police Department, according to Plattsburgh City Police.

The SUNY Plattsburgh student and Alpha Chi Rho (AXP) fraternity member was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and brought to Plattsburgh for arraignment at Plattsburgh City Court Wednesday, police said.

The college withdrew its recognition of the fraternity on Thursday after campus judicial proceedings found the organization responsible for two violations of the campus code of conduct: disorderly conduct and a failure to comply with sanctions stemming from an earlier incident, said Michelle Ouellette, director of public relations and publications.

RELATED INCIDENTS

City Police say Daniel Colflesh sustained a broken jaw and other injuries after Feldman, Luis M. Munoz, 21, and Nicholas C. Simmons, 20, attacked him outside the frat house at 147 Brinkerhoff St. on Nov. 23.

While detectives are investigating that and two other related incidents that happened on that date, they have determined that only the alleged gang assault and a brawl involving a number of students occurred at the frat house.

COLLEGE DECISION

The fraternity’s activities had been officially suspended by SUNY Plattsburgh since Nov. 26.

“The former members will be subject to college disciplinary action should the fraternity continue to function openly or in secret,” the college said in a press release.

“Our fraternities are meant to be groups that build student potential through friendship, leadership, scholarship and service,” Dean of Students Stephen Matthews said in the release. “This group has violated those standards, and that hurts everyone.”

The college continues to conduct its own investigation, Ouellette said, adding that the result could be college charges against Munoz, Simmons and Feldman.

‘REPORTED SEX ASSAULT’

Early in the morning of Nov. 23, a SUNY Plattsburgh student told friends she had been sexually assaulted, and they accompanied her to report the alleged incident to SUNY Plattsburgh University Police, Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said.

Colflesh, who is a friend of the young woman, went to 147 Brinkerhoff St. and asked frat members where he could find the perpetrator of the sexual assault, Racicot said.

Munoz, Simmons and Feldman went after Colflesh, chasing him into the street, where they started punching and kicking him, the chief said.

‘BROKEN JAW’

Colflesh, 18, sustained a broken jaw and two of his teeth were knocked out in the attack, Racicot said.

He was able to seek medical attention after the incident, he said.

Another fight broke out not too long after the first on the porch of the AXP house when about eight of Colflesh’s friends arrived, Racicot said.

There were reports that a hammer, a knife, a baseball bat and a hockey stick were used in the fight, although each group is pinning the items’ possession on the other, he said.

No one was seriously injured by a weapon, the chief said.

COURT APPEARANCE TODAY

Munoz and Simmons were both charged with second-degree assault; Munoz was further charged with third-degree robbery and was due back in court at 8:30 a.m. today.

Simmons has a court appearance scheduled for Jan. 30.

Feldman was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to reappear on Jan. 29, according to Plattsburgh City Court.

SUNY Plattsburgh urges its students and the public to report any evidence of the fraternity’s continued activities to University Police at 564-2022.

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