A Stony Brook University student from Syosset is facing assault charges after he allegedly stabbed a pot dealer on the college campus.
According to The Stony Brook Press, Richard Im, 25, of Syosset, had driven to pick up a fellow student and marijuana dealer Saturday. A dispute broke out and the man struck Im, who responded by stabbing the man in the abdomen, said the report.
The victim, whose identity is reportedly being withheld, went to a nearby security booth at the main entrance of the campus and told guards he had been stabbed, said the report, adding:
“The victim indicated that the assailant was known to him and fled the scene in a dark colored vehicle immediately after the incident,” said Stony Brook Police in an e-mail sent out to students and faculty. “University Police Investigators responded and conducted additional interviews and confirmed that the suspect had fled off campus in a vehicle.”
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Im was arrested at his Syosset home Saturday and was charged with first degree assault.
Im originally faced a $50,000 bail and an order of protection to stay away from the victim, reported Newsday. However, after reading a statement from the victim where he admitted to striking first, Judge Paul Hensley lowered the bail to $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, said the report.
Im will head back to court on Friday.