Surveillance video released in ASU fraternity party brawl

Surveillance video released in ASU fraternity party brawl

Surveillance video released in ASU fraternity party brawl

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by Kristine Harrington

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Posted on April 29, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 11:35 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police have released surveillance video of the two brawls that left several people at an ASU fraternity party injured and under arrest.

The fight started when some guys from Tempe, west Phoenix and Surprise went to the fraternity party at an apartment complex near the ASU campus looking for a Surprise High School senior girl who attended the Delta Kappa Epsilon party, according to police.

The senior had been at her prom.

Police said the fraternity guys became aggressive and about 20 to 30 students confronted the visitors.

“These guys were probably victims of a crime but went from being a victim to being a suspect in very dangerous very serious crimes,” said Mike Pooley with Tempe Police. “They should have just left, just called police and let us take care of it but they didn't instead Caleb [James Everett] said he’d be back with more friends and weapons.”

At about 4 a.m., six people drove back to the fraternity party, swinging bats at students and firing two guns into the air, Pooley said.

Two fraternity brothers were still in the hospital on Monday evening.

In the meantime, Caleb Everett, 20, arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and firing a gun in the air. Also arrested were his brother Isaiah Everett, 19, and friends Zack Rezendes, 18, Clarissa Casillas, 19, and Michael Reyes, 19.

Tempe police said more arrests are likely as they analyze the surveillance video and work with ASU to identify some of the other fraternity brothers seen on this tape in the initial fight.

Delta Kappa Epsilon Chapter Consultant Drake Hoffman released this statement:
"On April 28, 2013, at roughly 3:30 in the morning, six individuals came into Hayden Terrace apartments, where a number of Delta Kappa Epsilon members reside.

They immediately assaulted a member who had confronted them in the parking lot, seeking identification and purpose for being there.

Shortly after, these individuals entered the courtyard of Hayden Terrace, where they said they were looking for a female.

When our members replied that they neither knew the female nor her whereabouts, the intruders began assaulting them.

After the altercation, the intruders left, threatening to return with bats and a firearm.

Twenty minutes later, the intruders acted on their threat and used a baseball bat to reinitiate the altercation, during which one of the six intruders pulled a gun and fired four shots in the air followed by another two shots, all while threatening the members of Delta Kappa Epsilon that were present.

The police were then contacted and the intruders fled the scene. Several ∆KE members who had been assaulted by the intruders were rushed to the hospital suffering from severe wounds.

We wish those Brothers who were harmed a very safe and speedy recovery.

In the meantime, we are working with the Tempe Police Department and aiding them in their investigation to bring these intruders to justice.

We have the utmost confidence in the Tempe Police system and are certain they will apprehend the rest of the intruders in a timely fashion."

ASU released this statement:
“The university’s thoughts are with the ASU students who were injured in the fight over the weekend, and our wish is for their full recovery.

The safety of our students is the university’s top priority, and we have a zero-tolerance policy for behavior that puts our students at risk.

None of the individuals who were arrested as a result of this incident, which took place at an unsanctioned party at an off-campus location, were ASU students.

We will review the results of the Tempe Police investigation into this incident, as well as conduct our own investigation, and will take whatever measures are necessary to minimize the risk of such an incident occurring in the future.”
 

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