Two more college students have been arrested along with five others in connection to an alleged hazing incident that led to the death of a 19-year-old Bronx college student, according to reports.
The latest two to be arrested, Joseph Angilletta and Austin Bacchus, both 20, are alleged to have “required, ordered, and encouraged” University at Albany sophomore Trevor Duffy, 19 — as well as other pledges — to drink nearly half a gallon of the “alcohol of their choice,” according to arrest warrants reported by NBC News, which added that Duffy chose vodka.
All seven suspects now each face one misdemeanor count of hazing, the New York Daily News reported, adding that police found Duffy unconscious with a blood-alcohol level seven times the legal limit in a bathroom at an off-campus home. He was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he died with an official cause of death listed as “acute ethanol intoxication,” NBC claimed.
Hours before a Nov. 15, 2014, party, Trevor Duffy was promised by his fraternity brothers that no one was ever killed while pledging, according to court documents referenced in a related Times Union report.
The party was one of several nights when the pledges were required to fight each other, drink excessive amounts of milk, ending with many vomiting, and eat 20 onions, according to the Times Union, which added that other hazing rituals described in court documents included pledges running errands, cleaning houses, selling marijuana brownies and, in one case, eating the insides of a Dutch Masters cigar.
In the past two weeks, investigators have also arrested Olaf Jablonski, 20; Yuval Sucov, 20; Keith Rosengarten, 20; Jonathan Maldonado, 21; and Steven Vila, 22, the Daily News reported.
Reached by phone Sunday, NBC stated that Bacchus declined to comment, saying he would need to talk with his parents and lawyer first.