ALBANY, N.Y. - The Albany Police Department has arrested nine University at Albany students for allegedly hazing at an unofficial fraternity home on Hudson Avenue.
Police responded to the home at 470 Hudson Avenue on Friday, November 9th around 1:15 a.m. after neighbors reported loud disturbances, including yelling like a drill sergeant, coming from the house all hours of the day and night.
Upon arrival, officers observed a total of 14 people in the basement being subjected to what appeared to be an initiation for membership in a non-sanctioned fraternity, Albany Police Spokesperson Steve Smith says.
Smith says several people were lying face down on the basement floor with their faces submerged in water. They were being struck with wooden paddles and rubber hoses while being told to "beg for mercy" and having cold water from a garden hose poured on their heads.
Smith tells NEWS10 all of the "victims" in this case appeared to be willing participants. Some of the individuals sustained minor cuts and abrasions but refused medical attention.
The following were charged with Hazing 2nd, Criminal Nuisance 2nd and Unlawful Assembly: 19-year-old John Storte, 20-year-old Nicholas Salamone, 20-year-old Joseph Lane, 20-year-old Anthony Morello, all of 470 Hudson Avenue.
The following were charged with Hazing 2nd and Unlawful Assembly: 20-year-old Vincent Serrecchia, of 487 Hudson Avenue, 21-year-old Joseph Sheehan, of 489 Hudson Avenue, and 20-year-old Anthony Warme, of Bronx.
One of the men arrested, Joseph Sheehan, was the victim of a shooting on Hudson Avenue in September 2012. Police say he was shot in the leg during an altercation.
Additionally, 18-year-old Frank Calandra, of 1400 Washington Avenue, was allegedly in possession of narcotic pills and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and 21-year-old Philip Terra, of 466 Hudson Avenue, allegedly pushed an officer at the back door in an attempt to get inside the house. He was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd and Resisting Arrest.
UAlbany says they are taking immediate action against those involved in this off-campus incident through the campus judicial disciplinary process.
In a statement sent to NEWS10, the University says "UAlbany proactively educates students and parents about hazing issues and has a zero tolerance policy for any actions that are physically and mentally abusive to the well-being of another."
Fire investigators were also summoned to the scene to inspect several code violations. Fire investigators noted over a dozen violations within the residence.