October 12, 2000

Student Arrested in SAE Assault Case

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After a month-long investigation into an alleged assault in the parking lot of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at 109 McGraw Place, Cornell University Police have arrested a Cornell student on a charge of second-degree assault, according to Simeon Moss, deputy director of Cornell News Service.

Christopher Clark ’03 was charged this week with a class D felony in connection with a Sept. 1, 2000 incident in which police allege Clark recklessly struck another 19-year-old Cornell student in the face with a glass bottle after a disagreement.

“There was an altercation in the [SAE] parking lot near a dumpster that ended up with one student getting hit in the face with a glass bottle,” said Captain Randall Hausner ’85. “We are alleging that Christopher Clark did it.”

After being struck by a liquor bottle, the student was bleeding with serious injuries and taken to the Cayuga Medical Center, according to Hausner. It is not known if either of the students were intoxicated since the CUPD did not get blood-alcohol levels of the students after the incident. The disagreement is believed to have been related to a car.

Clark was arraigned in the City of Ithaca Court and was released on his own recognizance and was also referred to the Cornell judicial administrator.

Clark declined to comment on the situation. He is scheduled to appear before Ithaca City Court Judge John Rowley on Oct. 17.

Archived article by Rachel Pessah