Suspect admits attack at Union College
SCHENECTADY One of two people accused in a November robbery and assault of a student on the Union College campus pleaded guilty Friday.
Dwight House, 20, admitted in Schenectady County Court to taking part in the attack.
He pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery. He is to receive up to six months in jail and five years of probation.
Prosecutor William Sanderson said later that House is believed to have been less culpable than his co-defendant, 17-year-old Deontaye Miller of Foster Avenue.
Miller, Sanderson said, is believed to have been the first to attack the victim from behind, punching him multiple times. House assisted in the robbery.
House had been in custody since his Nov. 12 arrest. After his plea Friday, he was to be released pending sentencing. He was represented by attorney Tracey Chance.
House was arrested the evening of the attack after police caught up with the two in the Vale neighborhood.
The pair made off with the victim’s iPhone, police said. A tracking app on the iPhone led police to the suspects. When police approached the suspects, Miller fled and threw the phone aside, Sanderson said.
Miller was arraigned earlier in the week on more serious charges of second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty.
After punching the student, the alleged assailants went through his pockets, found his iPhone, took it and fled on foot.
The student quickly alerted campus security, who then called in city police. The student, who suffered minor injuries, had a good description of the suspects and told police which direction they had fled.