One of the two young men convicted of participating in the burning of the puppy known as Phoenix last year was arrested Thursday morning, this time accused of assaulting a Canisius College student early Saturday, police said.

Diondre L. Brown allegedly knocked the woman down at about 2 a.m. on Oakgrove Avenue. After a search warrant was carried out at his home at 6 a.m. Thursday, police charged Brown with assault and menacing.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she was treated and released. The announcement of the arrest was made at Police Headquarters.

Late last year, Brown pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation for his role in the puppy-burning case. He admitted to having acted as a lookout while another teenager, Adell Ziegler, doused the Jack Russell terrier with lighter fluid before setting it on fire. Brown was serving probation when he was arrested Thursday.

Brown, who is now 18, was 10 years old when he witnessed gunmen kill his mother, uncle and two family friends.

Authorities were also investigating a second incident near Canisius College on the same morning. At 4 a.m. last Saturday, a man was robbed of his cellphone near the campus. That case remains under investigation.

“Don’t walk around late at night alone, and don’t walk around with a $1,000 cellphone,” said Gary M. Everett, director of public safety for Canisius, who thanked Buffalo police for assisting in the incidents.


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