Crime

Charges pending against nine men for suspected vandalism at Pi Kappa Phi

Charges are pending against nine men who State College police suspect vandalized a fraternity house earlier this year.

About $5,000 of damage occurred to the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house, 409 E. Fairmount Ave., between March 15 and April 9, according to police. Police were contacted by the realtors that own the home and surveillance cameras were set up in the area. Footage from these cameras lead to the men being identified, police said.

Seven of the nine will be charged with summary criminal mischief charges because the damages they are suspected of causing amounted to less than $500. The other two face misdemeanor counts of the same charge because the damage they are accused of causing is greater than that amount, police said.

Police said eight of the men were Pi Kappa Phi brothers and the other man belonged to another fraternity.

The fraternity was suspended for three years by the national headquarters of Pi Kappa Phi earlier this year. The fraternity was charged with violating hazing, alcohol and other rules, according to the Penn State Interfraternity Council.

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