The University Police Department has identified a student who witnesses say destroyed property and physically confronted people at the Campus Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Police arrested Christian Argueta, a commuter student, for criminal mischief in the second degree on Saturday, Assistant Chief of Police Eric Olsen said in an email to The Statesman. The incident was also referred to the Office of University Community Standards.

Police responded to a report of a disturbance at the Campus Recreation Center on Saturday at 4:08 p.m.. Witnesses told police that the suspect entered the lobby and began physically confronting people. Witnesses also observed the suspect punching a wall-mounted monitor and a glass vending machine, causing several cuts to his hands and arms.

The Stony Brook Strength Club posted a link to the video of the incident in its Facebook group.

Argueta was transported to University Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

No one else was injured, and no one pressed criminal charges related to the suspect’s physical confrontations, Olsen said.

Campus Recreation Center staff estimated the value of the property damage to be about $2,000, Olsen said.

It is not yet known whether the suspect had a motive for the confrontations and the property damage.


Arielle Martinez

Arielle is a senior journalism major in Stony Brook University's Honors College. She joined The Statesman as a copy editor before covering USG senate meetings for the news team. She has also written for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Long Island Press. She was an editing intern at The Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota during the summer of 2015 as part of the Dow Jones News Fund. (Twitter: @AMartinezNews). Contact Arielle at: [email protected]


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