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2 URI Football Players Arrested, Charged With Assault and Disorderly Conduct

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

 

Barret Lyons

University of Rhode Island football players Michael LeBlanc of Charlton, Massachusetts and Barrett Lyons of Belmont,Massachusetts were arrested early Sunday morning after a fight at the Chi Phi fraternity.  They have both been charged with assaulting members of the fraternity and disorderly conduct.

Six fraternity members were injured, three of which needed a transport to South County Hospital for treatment of injuries that included lacerations, broken noses, a fractured jaw and a fractured arm.

“This type of criminal and violent behavior is not tolerated at the University. In addition to the criminal charges, the University is taking strong steps to address this incident. University officials also have been in contact with the students who were injured, making sure they have the appropriate resources and support," said Stephen Baker, director of public safety.

Michael LeBlanc

Michael LeBlanc, a freshman, has been permanently dismissed from the team while Lyons and a third player Nate Pauls were suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Four other URI players have also been suspended for Saturday's home game against Delaware.

The Incident

While police were patrolling the area of Fraternity Circle near Weldin Residence Hall early on Sunday, the officers observed a large group of people outside Chi Phi fraternity and several individuals with injuries. The officers stopped a black truck that was leaving the area and questioned the six occupants of the truck. A seventh occupant fled the scene.

Lyons and LeBlanc were arrested.

All seven football players have been issued no trespass orders from Chi Phi and referred to the University's judicial process which could result in a variety of sanctions from a reprimand to suspension from the University.  

According to police, the misdemeanor charges could be upgraded to felony charges, depending on the results of the investigation.

LeBlanc and Lyons will be arraigned next week.

Investigation Continues

URI Police are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective Mark Brasil at 401-874-5580.

 

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