Two UMaine fraternity members charged with assault

Posted May 04, 2011, at 7:19 p.m.
Last modified May 04, 2011, at 9:36 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Two new members of Pi Kappa Alpha, a fraternity at the University of Maine, have been charged with assault after kicking and punching another student outside his apartment at Orchard Trails, police said.

One of the frat members may face additional assault charges for punching the same 21-year-old man three days before, Capt. Josh Ewing said Wednesday.

A friend of the victim called police at around 2 a.m. Sunday saying “his friend got punched in the face by two individuals,” he said.

The police investigation led them to Brandon Vye, 18, of Auburn and Thomas LeBlond, 19, of Lewiston. Both are listed as pledge-new members on the Pi Kappa Alpha, or PIKE, website.

“The victim said he had been assaulted twice this week, once on Thursday” and both times by Vye, Ewing said.

When he saw Vye and LeBlond standing outside at Orchard Trails early Sunday, the victim “went up to approach them about why” the earlier attack had occurred, he told police.

“Both LeBlond and Vye started punching him and kicking him once he was on the ground,” the police captain said. “They identified themselves in an attempt to say don’t mess with us.”

Since they identified themselves, it was easy to find them, Ewing said. Both LeBlond and Vye were found on campus and charged with assault Sunday morning. The victim had a swollen eye and a leg injury but refused medical care, Ewing said.

The case has been forwarded to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office and a second charge of assault may be lodged against Vye, Ewing said.

What led to the original assault is not known to police, he said.

“For us there isn’t a good reason why this happened,” Ewing said. “If there is a back story here, we don’t know what it is.”

The Bangor Daily News contacted the victim through his UMaine email account, but he declined to comment on the incident, saying, “The police are taking care of it.”

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story referred to Phi Kappa Alpha as FIJI. Pi Kappa Alpha is known as PIKE.

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