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Early-Morning Gang Assault Leads To Arrests

OSWEGO – Today (July 7) at 12:12 a.m., while on regular patrol, Oswego Police observed an injured 35-year-old man bleeding from the face in the area of Water Street north of West Bridge Street in the city of Oswego.

Preliminary investigation into the incident determined that a physical altercation occurred in that area involving multiple people.

Trey Stephens
Trey Stephens

It is alleged that approximately four subjects did strike the victim repeatedly during the assault, resulting in the victim suffering head and face injuries, including a facial fracture.

The victim was transported to Oswego Hospital, treated and released.

Two of the suspects were still on scene, identified by witnesses, and taken into custody and arrested on assault charges.

Both arrested subjects, 25-year-old Trey Stephens and 21-year-old Akron L. Rodriguez both of Newark, NY, were subsequently arraigned this morning on felony gang assault charges in violation of section 120.07 of the Penal Law of New York State.

Akron L. Rodriguez
Akron L. Rodriguez

Gang assault refers to the number of people involved in the assault as well as the intent and resulting injuries from the assault.

“A person is guilty of gang assault in the first degree when, with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person and when aided by two or more other persons actually present, he causes serious physical injury to such person or to a third person. Gang assault in the first degree is a class B felony.”

Upon arraignment bail was set for Stephens in the amount of $1,000 cash, $2,500 bond.

Bail was also set for Rodriguez in the amount of $2,500 cash, $5,000 bond.

Both defendants were given a return court date of July 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Oswego City Court.

Rodriguez also had an unrelated outstanding warrant in the city of Oswego at the time of his arrest stemming from a 2017 assault case.

Oswego Police were assisted at the scene by Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, SUNY Oswego Police and New York State Police.

Oswego Police continue to investigate the incident and further arrests may be pending.

Investigators ask if anyone has an additional information regarding the incident to please contact them at: 315-342-8120 or email tips to:
[email protected]