UPDATE: Arrest Made in "Group Assault" Case at WVWC, Student Expelled
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 27, 2014 @ 3:28PM
Created on March 26, 2014 @ 6:25PM
Photo Courtesy: WVRJA
Alderson Broaddus University representative Ashley Mittelmeier confirmed to 5 News that Steven Smith, the man arrested in the group assault incident at West Virginian Wesleyan College, has been expelled.
She said the college's president, Richard Creehan, has zero tolerance for this type of behavior. She said any students involved in the incident will be held accountable to their degree of involvement.
Smith used to play football for ABU. He was suspended from the team before this incident occurred.
An arrest has been made in connection to an apparent fight on West Virginia Wesleyan's campus that landed several people in the hospital over the weekend.
Buckhannon Police Department arrested Steven Smith, an Alderson Broaddus University student from Virginia Beach, VA, Wednesday. Smith has been charged with malicious wounding and is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
The West Virginia State Police assisted in this arrest.
No further details are being released at this time. This incident is still under investigation, stay with 5 News for the latest updates.
Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory said they're still investigating the group assault at West Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday morning.
He said they're still trying to get statements and interview the people who were either involved or saw the incident.
West Virginia Wesleyan officials released this statement about the continuing investigation on Tuesday afternoon:
"West Virginia Wesleyan College continues to work closely with law enforcement officials as they continue their on-going investigation into the March 23 incident that began in the front yard of the Kappa Alpha Order house, which is located adjacent to the campus.
From all initial indicators, Wesleyan students acted responsibly and did not provoke the altercation. Their involvement was one of self-defense. The event occurred after a social event concluded at the KA House. We can confirm that several car loads of students from Alderson Broaddus University parked behind McCuskey Hall, where they proceeded to the Kappa Alpha house with a desired objective. Wesleyan students immediately contacted Campus Security and local law enforcement officials. When a Wesleyan student was injured, other Wesleyan students went to his defense and the altercation moved from the front lawn of Kappa Alpha Order to the side lawn of McCuskey Hall. The Wesleyan students who were injured have been released from area hospitals.
This is an isolated incident at Wesleyan and campus security and personal safety are always major institutional priorities. The College has a strong campus safety record. We have communicated with all members of the Wesleyan campus community regarding this altercation and have reminded everyone to be vigilant in regards to personal safety. At the same time, we have asked local law enforcement officials and the West Virginia State Police to increase their patrols around the area where the incident occurred."
Gregory also said their department is committed to a thorough investigation, and they expect it to continue for some time.
No arrests have been made, but charges could be filed when the investigation is finished.
Stay with 5 News for any updates.
An investigation is underway, after an apparent fight on West Virginia Wesleyan's campus landed several people in the hospital over the weekend.
Police were called to the scene on College Avenue just after 1:30 Sunday morning. Several students from both Wesleyan and Alderson Broaddus University are believed to have been involved.
Police say several students started to flee the scene when they arrived.
One person suffered a knife wound to the arm, and was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital before being transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Several others were injured with possible concussions. One person even had a broken jaw, and had to be treated at Ruby.
Officials with West Virginia Wesleyan College told 5 News that the students that were hospitalized have since been released.
They've also said they're doing everything they can to make sure all students are safe on campus.
"We want our students to feel safe and secure at all times. How can you study and pursue academics challenges if you don't feel safe and secure? So that's an absolute priority for us. We've always taken pride in having a safe and secure campus, but when you have an incident like this, it makes you sit back and say, what else can you do?" said Bob Skinner, Vice President for Advancement from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
They also released this statement regarding the incident: "We are working closely with local law enforcement officials regarding the investigation of the assault of Wesleyan students by a large group of students from another campus. We are asking our students for their assistance in providing any additional information and reminding them to be vigilant when it comes to their own personal safety. Wesleyan is in the process of taking all appropriate legal steps to deny access to our campus to those who have been confirmed as a participant in some way in the altercation and our campus security and local law enforcement friends will increase their patrols of the area to ensure no further incidents occur."
5 News also reached out to the national chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. They had this to say: "Kappa Alpha Order national, state, and local chapter officials are working with West Virginia Wesleyan College and local authorities to determine what exactly happened. State and local chapter fraternity officials are the lead KA representatives on campus and they are being supported by the National Administrative Office."
No arrests have been made right now, but the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Buckhannon Police Department at (304) 472-5723. You can also contact them via their website at www.buckhannonpolice.com
Alderson Broaddus University officials have released a statement regarding reports that students from their school could have been involved in the incident at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday night.
They said "Alderson Broaddus University is aware that an incident occurred at West Virginia Wesleyan College over the weekend. Our understanding is that the Buckhannon Police Department is working through the details and we will await for information from law enforcement officials."
Officials at the Buckhannon Police Department said they expect to release more information about the incident on Monday.
ORIGINAL STORY 3/23/14:
Officials from West Virginia Wesleyan College have released a statement regarding an incident that happened on campus on Saturday night.
"We are still gathering information about an apparent group assault that occurred on the grounds of Wesleyan's campus this weekend. We are working closely with law enforcement officials and following up on the medical conditions of the injured students. The safety and protection of our students are always the highest priority. We are committed to a thorough investigation to ensure that there are no further incidents."
5 News has also left messages for Buckhannon Police, who is investigating the incident, but we're still waiting on a call back.
No other details have been released.
Stick with 5 News for the latest.
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