Charges against Allegheny student for alleged assault withdrawn

Charges against an Allegheny College student for alleged assault were withdrawn on Tuesday, May 14.

Kobe Pinkney, ’21, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct for his alleged role in the assault of an alumnus at Julian’s Bar and Grill on Sunday, April 7.

Pinkney was removed from his philosophy class by Interim Director of Public Safety William Merchbaker on Thursday, April 11, and was taken into custody by the Meadville Police Department prior to being arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino.

Repeated request for The Campus for a comment from the Crawford County District Attorney’s office on Wednesday and Thursday were unsuccessful.

Pinkney’s arrest took place following the interview of a witness by the Meadville city police in the Office of Public Safety on Wednesday, April 10.

The witness explained that they were waiting in line for the restroom at Julian’s when “an African-American male approximately six-feet tall with braided hair,” approached an Allegheny alumnus, tapped him on the shoulder and then punched the left side of his face, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by the police in the case. The alumnus was taken to Meadville Medical Center but was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie for immediate surgery, according to police.

The witness later identified Pinkney from a photograph as the male responsible for assaulting the alumnus, according to the affidavit. Pinkney was placed in the Crawford County jail but posted bond for $5,000 later that same day, according to online jail records.

A preliminary hearing before Pendolino was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 25, but later postponed until Wednesday, May 22. However, both the scheduled preliminary hearing and the charges filed against Pinkney have been withdrawn, according to online court documents.