SUNY sexual assault allegation leads to multiple other arrests

— Plattsburgh city police are reporting that in the early morning hours of Nov. 23 a female SUNY Plattsburgh student reported to her friends on campus that she was possibly drugged and sexually assaulted at the AXP fraternity house, 147 Brinkerhoff Street.

The victim was assisted by her friends in filing a report at SUNY police. At about that same time, a friend of the alleged victim, Daniel Colflesh, went to the area of 147 Brinkerhoff St. to await friends to confront the fraternity member who he felt was responsible.

While waiting outside the fraternity house, Nicholas Simmons, Luis Munoz and other members of the fraternity allegedly assaulted Colflesh, knocking out two of his teeth, fracturing his jaw and then rifling his pockets, stealing an electronic cigarette.

Shortly after the assault on Colflesh, a group of approximately eight SUNY Plattsburgh students arrived at the AXP fraternity house and a fight broke out between AXP members and the eight students. City Police arrived and the students disbursed.

City Police Detectives were called in and began investigating the gang assault as well as the original sexual assault case. A search warrant was obtained for 147 Brinkerhoff Street and evidence was collected by detectives.

Since that time, detectives have been conducting investigations into both incidents.

On the morning of Dec. 11, Plattsburgh City Police arrested Nicholas C. Simmons, 20 and Luis M. Munoz, 21, both SUNY Plattsburgh students. Simmons was charged with Assault in the second degree a class “D” felony, and Munoz with assault in the second degree and robbery in the third degree, both class “D” felonies.

Simmons was arraigned in Plattsburgh city court and was released on his own recognizance. He is to appear in city court Jan. 30.

Munoz was also arraigned in Plattsburgh city court and released on his own recognizance. He will re-appear in city court on Friday, Dec. 13.

Both investigations are continuing at this time and more arrests are expected.

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