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3 American University students charged with assault of another student

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There is more controversy surrounding an underground chapter of an American University fraternity. Three students, including two of Epsilon Iota chapter's members have been arrested by D.C. police for the armed assault of another student.

The alleged attack happened on April 7 in a parking lot off New Mexico Avenue on the American University campus.

The alleged victim says three men, Anthony Abdelnour, Milain Fayulu and Miguel Lama-Capellan, nearly hit him with their car.

He says when they stopped and got out, one of the men spit on him and then he was punched and hit repeatedly in the face and body.

The alleged victim says the men cursed at him, called him homophobic names and threatened to kill him. He says at one point, he blacked out before it all ended, and his attackers finally left.

The alleged victim was taken to Suburban Hospital's trauma center and later reported the attack to police.

Two of the three suspects arrested, Abdelnour and Fayulu are members of the unrecognized student group Epsilon Iota.

Recently leaked emails from members of the chapter showed them talking about date rape, violence, assault and more.

Some students say they are concerned university officials have said little about the reported attack.

“It does upset me and I know that my parents help me pay for school,” says student Lauren Medeiros, who lives nearby where the incident occurred. “If they find out about this, they're going to be very upset too. So I think the school needs to think about that a lot more, about everyone who is paying so much money to go here and we’re just being kept in the dark.”

Gayle Trotter chairs the advisory neighborhood commission that contains the university. She says there have been problems with the behavior of some students and that university officials haven't worked well with the community to solve them.

Trotter says the university needs to take action now.

“This is not the first issue that has come up and it’s sort of a pattern or practice of not engaging the community about these really gnarly issues, and I would like to see a vigorous investigation of many of these issues that have come to light in the past week,” Trotter says.

The alleged suspects did not respond to a request for a comment.

University officials would not comment either. In an email, J. Paul Johnson, American University’s Public Relations Manager wrote, "The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents us from speaking about specific students."


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