The State College Police Department has completed their investigation into the assault on the 300 block of North Burrowes Road that was first reported through numerous social media posts on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Following interviews of the victim, suspect, and witnesses, Simple Assault (Misdemeanor) and Harassment (Summary) charges have been filed before Magisterial District Judge Lachman against Matthew Ryan Chandlee, age 18, of Washington Crossing, PA.
Based on police interviews, on October 4, 2015 between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. defendant Chandlee was asked to leave the Sigma Nu fraternity on North Burrowes Road. As fraternity members were escorting Chandlee from the property an argument ensued between Chandlee and members of the fraternity. In the course of that argument, derogatory comments and obscenities were being yelled between Chandlee and the fraternity brothers. As this was occurring, one fraternity brother used a homophobic slur towards the defendant. The victim, who was present during this loud argument and ejection of the defendant, was offended by the slur and attempted to get the defendant and one fraternity brother to stop using the offensive homophobic slur.
At this point, the fraternity members told both the defendant and the victim they must leave the property. The victim began to walk away from the fraternity and was walking toward the service road leading to Walker building on Penn State Campus. As he turned and walked away, the defendant immediately started to yell at the victim "what are you looking at?" or something similar. The victim replied back saying something like "why are you following me?" The defendant replied to the victim "You're gay, I hate gays." At that point, the defendant punched the victim one time to the left side of his face/eye area immediately causing in a loud ringing in his ears, his head was flung to the right, and he fell to the ground with force. The victim reports he was either struck a second time or struck his head on the ground when he fell. After the assault, the victim contacted a friend who came and took the victim back to the Sigma Nu where fraternity members provided him first aid.
The victim reported he suffered impaired vision and pain for over 24 hours, had a bleeding laceration above his eye, and had bruising and swelling in the eye area. The victim reported he was still experiencing pain in his eye more than a week after the incident.
The State College Police Department would like to thank the Pennsylvania State University who cooperated fully with our department throughout this investigation.
Chief Thomas R. King