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Charges expected in fraternity ritual death of Baruch College student

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MICHAEL RUBINKAM | AP

Criminal charges are coming in the death of a New York City college student who was forced to run a gauntlet during a fraternity ritual, a northeastern Pennsylvania prosecutor said Thursday.

Monroe County District Attorney David Christine said he won't decide on which charges to file, or against whom, until a police probe into the death of 19-year-old Chun "Michael" Deng is completed.

"Police are still going through the connect-the-dot phases of this investigation," Christine told The Associated Press, but "there will be criminal charges filed."

The Baruch College freshman died Monday, one day after friends brought him to the hospital unconscious and in critical condition with major brain trauma.

About 30 members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity had spent the weekend at a rented house in Tunkhannock Township, in the Pocono Mountains about 100 miles west of New York, according to a statement on the DA's website. Deng was one of four pledges.

At some point early Sunday, Deng ran a gauntlet blindfolded and with a heavy weight on his back, Christine said, in a ritual that fraternity members apparently called Glass Ceiling. He was knocked unconscious and carried inside the house, where he remained for some time before fraternity members drove him to an emergency room in Wilkes-Barre, about 30 miles away, the statement on the website said.

Police are trying to determine the lag time between the injury and Deng's arrival at the hospital, Christine said.

Baruch College has said it had no knowledge about the event.

Christine said it's not the first time that Pi Delta Psi has come to the Poconos.

"They've done this before, rented a place before in the Poconos," he said, calling it a "preplanned event where they rent a house, and plan a pledging ritual."

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