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UAlbany Students Who Reported Racial Attack Face Assault, False Incident Charges

Three 20-year-old black female college students who claimed a group of white men and women harassed them with racial slurs aboard a city bus are being charged with assault.

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University police say two of the women, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio, both of Long Island, also face charges of falsely reporting an incident. They and Alexis Briggs of Elmira Heights are to be arraigned in Albany Police Court on Monday.

Investigators say a review of multiple videos of the incident showed no evidence the women were victims of a crime or subjected to racial slurs.

The videos did show the trio assaulted a 19-year-old white woman.

It wasn't immediately known if they each have lawyers to comment.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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