Update: Man arrested in connection with SUNY Oswego assault

Update 11:45 a.m. Thursday –

OSWEGO, N.Y. – SUNY Oswego police have apprehended Eric Debrosse, the suspect in an incident Wednesday that led to a campus-wide safety alert.

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Debrosse was found Wednesday shortly before 10 p.m. in the city of Oswego thanks to a citizen's tip, SUNY Oswego Police Chief John Rossi said.

Debrosse, 21, of Putnam Valley, N.Y., has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree unlawful imprisonment. He was arraigned in Oswego Town Court and taken to Oswego County jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in town court Dec. 14.

Debrosse is accused of keeping a SUNY Oswego student in her room in Seneca Hall against her will and by threat of force for about four hours Wednesday. She escaped around 3:15 p.m. and Debrosse fled on foot, taking her cellphone by force, college officials said.

The weapon Debrosse is accused of using was a box cutter, which was later recovered from the victim's room. It appears there was no physical assault and the victim was not injured.

State police, county sheriff’s department and city police along with the SUNY Oswego Police Department were all involved and worked together for the safety of the college and wider community Wednesday afternoon and evening leading up to the capture, college officials said in a news release.

On Wednesday –

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Authorities are searching for a suspect who reportedly held a student at knifepoint in a dormitory hall on the SUNY Oswego campus, college officials said Wednesday.

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A photo of the suspect, Eric DeBrosse, of New York City, released by the college.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, SUNY Oswego sent out a college-wide alert that an assault had occurred at Seneca Hall, a dormitory on the campus. The alert said the suspect is at large and may be armed.

The female student was held at knifepoint in her room for about four hours by a man she knew, officials said in the alert. She escaped around 3:15 p.m. and the suspect, who is not a SUNY Oswego student, fled on foot.

Seneca Hall is a 10-story building and one of the college's largest dorms, according to Syracuse.com. The college's dorms use a security system that requires students to swipe an ID card to gain entry.

The suspect has been identified as Eric DeBrosse, of the New York City area. Students, faculty and community members who received the alert were told not to approach the suspect.

SUNY Oswego police responded, and the city police department, county sheriff's deputies and state police are still searching for the suspect, college officials said.

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