Assault caught on camera in Snyder Hall elevator


A Penn State student was arrested and charged Sunday, after police say he assaulted another student Saturday.

Police say David Mikhail Stepanyan, 19, of State College, was caught on camera pulling another student by his shirt into an elevator in Snyder Hall.

Once in the elevator, police say, video shows Stepanyan and another unidentified male punching the victim in the head and face, causing him to fall to the floor.

According to the affidavit, the victim was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for evaluation. A CAT scan determined he suffered a nasal fracture and medical staff noted numerous cuts to his face and head.

Penn State Auxiliary Officer Sloane Mooney was in Snyder Hall at the time of the alleged assault and told police that he heard “commotion inside one of the elevators while he was doing his building checks.”

Mooney told police that he saw two males exit the elevator and another male lying on the floor.

Police spoke to a friend of the victim who said he witnessed the entire incident. The friend told police that he and the victim were followed by Stepanyan and the other unidentified male from a fraternity to Snyder Hall after the two were kicked out of the fraternity.

Stepanyan is listed in the Penn State directory as a business administration student.

Stepanyan was arraigned Sunday before District Judge Steven Lachman, but was unable to post bail. He remains at the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Stepanyan’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed