Police ID suspect in beating of ASU student

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by Jared Dillingham

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Video report by Steve Bodinet

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 2:14 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police have arrested a man in the brutal beating of an Arizona State University student, and they expect more arrests will be coming.

The man who was arrested has been identified as Kiernan Bates, 19. No other information about the suspect was immediately available, but according to court paperwork, two different people identified Bates -- one from a photo lineup and the other from surveillance video.

The victim was reportedly beaten, dragged, and left bleeding. Residents of "The District on Apache" apartment complex on Rural Road and Apache Boulevard say they found the young man crumpled in an elevator in pretty bad shape.

"It was really scary to see," a female student  who witnessed the aftermath told 3TV. She snapped pictures of the bloody elevator, where she and her friends found their neighbor severely beaten early Monday morning.

"We got in the elevator with him and took him down to the first floor," she said.  "We stood him up and leaned him against the wall. His eyes were swollen shut."

"He was curled up on the floor in a ball in the elevator," added another student.

Police believe three young men, all residents of the complex, dragged the victim into the elevator, beat him up, then left him.

The students say fighting is not very common at The District, an upscale complex which more than 300 fraternity members call home. And while police are stopping short of calling this a rival fraternity fight, they do confirm that all those involved were members of different fraternities.

The victim's identity has not yet been released. But police say he has several facial fractures and remains hospitalized.

Detectives say they plan to use surveillance video from the building to help identify the other suspects.

Bates, in the meantime, was booked on one count each of aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment. A judge set a secured appearance bond of $5,400, and scheduled a status conference for Sept. 11 and a preliminary hearing for Sept. 13.

ASU has faced several high-profile incidents recently that involved fraternities. 

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