Two Owners of The Colonial in Binghamton Face Felony Charges
Binghamton police say two owners of a popular downtown bar have been arrested following an investigation into a November incident.
Authorities late Wednesday afternoon announced that 41-year-old Yaron Kweller of Vestal has been charged with third-degree rape, a felony. They said 33-year-old Jordan Rindgen of Binghamton has been charged with two felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Kweller and Rindgen were arraigned in Binghamton city court and released.
City detectives said the alleged incident happened on November 27 at 141 Washington Street.
Police said the incident remains under investigation and another arrest is expected.
People with information may contact city detectives at (607) 772-7080.
Detectives said the police department worked on the investigation in conjunction with the Broome County District Attorney's Office, which recommended the charges.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, Mayor Jared Kraham said: "With today's arrests, I want to be clear - our community will not tolerate sexual assault anywhere, anytime by anyone. These charges are serious and beyond disturbing."
Word of the alleged incident first circulated on social media. Police initially declined to comment on the matter, although detective Captain Cory Minor on December 10 issued a news release confirming an investigation was underway.
Earlier that day, Yaron Kweller returned a phone call from WNBF News seeking comment on the situation but he declined to discuss it. When asked about when The Colonial and two other downtown restaurants would reopen, he said "no comment on anything" and hung up.
The following evening, a large crowd of people marched around the downtown business district and held a demonstration in front of The Colonial and the neighboring Dos Rios Cantina restaurant. Some participants spoke out about the allegations and their concern about the police investigation.
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