Frat fight leaves one with fractured orbital bone, another facing charges

A Chi Phi Alpha Delta member was charged with assault after allegedly striking a fellow member with a bottle.

According to State College police, Norman McBride, 21, of Oreland, was at a Chi Phi fraternity gathering on Dec. 10. He was described as acting “aggressive and inappropriate, which is often a result of excessive alcohol consumption.”

A fellow member approached McBride and asked him to settle down or leave, police said. McBride allegedly picked up a champagne bottle and threatened that he would strike the member.

After a countdown from three, police said, McBride hit the member in the face with the bottle, causing a large gash, which required eight stitches to fix. It was also determined that the strike caused a fracture in his right orbital bone.

McBride was arraigned via summons Tuesday by District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, and charged with one misdemeanor count of simple assault and one summary count of harassment. A preliminary hearing is slated for Jan. 18.