Two Colonial owners 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 announced late Wednesday afternoon that Yaron Kweller, 41, of Vestal, has been charged with felony third-degree rape. They said Jordan Rindgen, 33, of Binghamton, has been charged with two counts of felony selling a controlled substance.

Kweller and Rindgen were arraigned in Binghamton City Court and released.

City detectives said the alleged incident happened Nov. 27 at 141 Washington Street.

Police said the incident is still under investigation and another arrest is expected.

People with information can 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 accusations are serious and more than disturbing.”

News of the alleged incident first circulated on social media. Police initially declined to comment on the case, although Detective Captain Cory Minor issued a press release on December 10 confirming that an investigation was underway.

Earlier today, Yaron Kweller returned a phone call from WNBF News seeking comment on the situation, but he declined to discuss it. When asked 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 through the downtown business district and staged a protest outside The Colonial and the nearby Dos Rios Cantina restaurant. Some participants spoke about the allegations and their concern about the police investigation.

The entrance to the Colonial after a protest on Dec. 11, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The entrance to the Colonial after a protest on Dec. 11, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected].

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