ORONO, Maine — Three Husson University students face assault charges after getting into a fight with members of Alpha Gamma Rho while attempting to get into the fraternity house just after midnight Friday.
“We were defending our house,” fraternity president Thomas Kennedy said Saturday. “A group of six, seven or eight were trying to get in” when the fight broke out just before midnight.
Alcohol was involved and the fight resulted in one UMaine fraternity member being treated for minor injuries, University of Maine spokesman Ron Lisnet said Saturday morning.
“The brother who got beat up is an Afghanistan [war] vet,” Kennedy said. “We had a total of seven brothers injured” but only the military veteran, who was alone when attacked by four people, needed medical attention.
The injured man has a “fist-size” black eye and rib injuries, Kennedy said.
Police were called to the fraternity house, located at 134 College Ave., at 12:02 a.m. Saturday.
“Officers responded to a report of six males trying to force their way into the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity,” he said. “Three of the males from the group of six were summoned for assault.”
Axel Lee, 20, of Norfolk, Va., and Bridgeport, Conn., residents Ernest Wiggins and Isaiah Flores, both 19, who all list Husson as their local address, were charged with assault.
Lee, who is out on bail, was arrested and charged with violating his bail conditions that bar him from consuming alcohol. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.
The other three men with Lee, Wiggins and Flores were not identified because they were not charged, and Lisnet was not sure if they were Husson students.
Two of the three Husson students charged at the Orono fraternity house — Lee and Flores — were charged in February for underage drinking on the Bangor campus. Lee, who smashed a wooden chair after hearing he would be charged, also was arrested for disorderly conduct during the Feb. 11 underage drinking party at a Husson dormitory, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said at the time.
Lee remained in jail at noontime Saturday, a jail official said.
The UMaine fraternity was holding a brothers and friends gathering on Friday night, Kennedy said, saying brothers monitoring the doors told the visitors they were not allowed in just before the fight broke out.
“It was a pretty traumatic experience,” Kennedy said.