NEW BRITAIN - Four Central Connecticut State University football players were suspended Tuesday from playing this Saturday’s game after school officials reviewed their involvement in an off-campus party that resulted in their arrest.
Wide receivers Chika Chukwu, 20, of Glastonbury, and Jose Garcia, 21 of New London; linebackers Randall Laguerre, 21, of 64 Roxbury St., New Britain, and Kenneth Keen, 21, also of 64 Roxbury St.; and Luke Ocasio, 22, of Wethersfield, who is not on the team, were charged with second-degree breach of peace and permitting a minor to possess alcohol. Keen and Laguerre are two of the Blue Devils’ leading tacklers and Garcia is one of the team’s top receivers. All five live at 64 Roxbury Road where a large party was broken up by police Saturday night.
School officials confirmed Tuesday that Chukwu, Garcia, Laguerre and Keen are suspended from playing Saturday’s football game at Youngstown State University in Ohio. The four will also have to complete 10 hours of community service and attend a university sponsored alcohol awareness program. The men met with school officials Tuesday morning.
“CCSU takes its commitment to being a good neighbor seriously,” said university spokesman Mark McLaughlin. “We also believe it is our responsibility to educate our students about being good citizens, whether they are on or off campus.”
Officers arrived at 64 Roxbury St. at 11 p.m. Saturday to find between 100 and 200 students drinking, yelling and playing drinking games after several neighbors called 911 to report a loud party going on at the address.
Officers found a table used to play beer pong - a drinking game that involves ping-pong balls and plastic cups - and dozens of people who appeared to be 17 to 19 years old drinking in the basement, reports said.
The men declined to comment Tuesday morning but acknowledged there were at least 75 people in the house which is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood near CCSU.
The past three years have been “horrible,” said one neighborhood who spoke Tuesday under the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the students. “They had a bouncer on the street who was directing kids where to go,” she said of Saturday’s party. “One of them kept coming out to tell them they had to be quiet or the police would be called.”
Police received multiple calls about the party, Capt. Thomas Steck said.