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September 19, 2018

SUNY Oswego Armed Assault Suspect Apprehended After Citizen Tip


OSWEGO, NY – The suspect of an assault at Seneca Hall of SUNY Oswego has been apprehended, identified and is pending charges according to a campus wide announcement delivered around 10:30 tonight (December 9.)

Assault suspect, Eric DeBrose is apprehended in the city of Oswego after a citizen tip led SUNY Oswego Police to his whereabouts.

Assault suspect, Eric DeBrose is apprehended in the city of Oswego after a citizen tip led SUNY Oswego Police to his whereabouts.

The suspect, identified as Eric DeBrose, was involved in an assault against a Seneca Hall resident during the afternoon hours earlier the same day.

DeBrose allegedly held the female resident at knife point for approximately four hours before she was able to make an escape around 3:15 p.m.

From the NYC area, DeBrose is not a student at SUNY Oswego but did know the young woman prior to the reported assault.

After the resident escaped and reported the incident, SUNY Oswego alerted the college community and their emergency contacts, and urged students to take precaution as the potentially armed suspect was at large on campus.

Continued updates were reported to the college community when the University Police believed the suspect was no longer on campus.

State Police, County Sheriff’s Department and Oswego City Police all helped in the search for the suspect until an eventual citizen tip led the University police to the subjects whereabouts in the city of Oswego, according to SUNY Oswego Police Chief, John Rossi.

The college plans to move forward with regularly scheduled final exams Thursday, December 10.

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