17 Arrested After Hazing Incident In Radford

17 men have been arrested by the Radford police after a hazing incident. The incident took place on September 14 in the 1200 block of Downey St. in a rogue fraternity party which branded a college student and potential pledge near Radford University.

According to search warrants, the college student was obligated to drink a large amount of liquor, then was burned after he passed out.

It was confirmed by Radford University that 15 of those arrested are students. 

“This alleged activity is abjectly reprehensible and not reflective of our university. As facts are established from the police investigation, any Radford students found in violation of the Standards of Student Conduct will be held fully accountable. Possible sanctions may include a warning, probation, suspension or dismissal”, according to a Radford University spokesman. (https://www.wsls.com)

Different search warrants were carried out for possible cause developed during the arrest process. 

Below are the names of those arrested.

  1. Kyle Dennis Best, 20, of Haymarket, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold.
  2. Christopher Blair Gepford, 22, of Centreville, Virginia: Hazing, maintaining common nuisances.
  3. Matthew Dylan Thomas, 21, of Haymarket, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  4. Caleb Lorenzo Howard, 19, of Manassas, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  5. Joshua Ko, 19, of Fairfax, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  6. Luke Everett Andress, 19, of Vienna, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  7. Matthew Stuart Wedel, 20, of Manassas, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  8. Jason Nicholas Wheeler, 21, Fairfax Station, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  9. Carlos Escobar, 23, of Alexandria, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  10. Joseph Andrew Sible, 22, of Arlington, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold, maintaining common nuisances. 
  11. Trever Vaughn Stanford, 22, of Hamilton, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold, maintaining common nuisances. 
  12. Justin Patrick Hooper, 20, of Ashburn, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  13. Marcel Terrence Gough, 20, of Herndon, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  14. Samuel Kent Harris, 22, of Gainesville, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold, maintaining common nuisances. 
  15. Hunter David Hanes, 19, of Roanoke, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold. 
  16. Clayton Marshall O’Neill, 21, of Herndon, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold, maintaining common nuisances. 
  17. Jacob A. Tucker, 21, of Stafford, Virginia: Hazing, purchasing alcoholic beverages for one to whom they may not be sold, maintaining common nuisances. 

Below is Radford University’s full statement:

Radford University can confirm that 15 students were charged Dec. 13 as a result of a City of Radford Police Department investigation into alleged illegal activity by a former campus-affiliated, student-based group. The charges include hazing, purchasing alcohol for one to whom they may not be sold and maintaining common nuisances.
 
On October 13, 2017, Radford University officials were informed that a student sustained serious injuries allegedly in conjunction with an unsanctioned membership pledging process at an off-campus residence during the overnight of September 14-15, 2017.  The alleged incident involves possible activities of a former campus-affiliated, student-based group that had its charter revoked by a national organization and was dismissed by Radford University in June 2016.  The dismissal of the student group was the direct result of previous violations of Radford University’s Standards of Student Conduct and criminal convictions from hazing incidents that occurred in the spring 2016.

Upon receipt of this most recent allegation, Radford University made contact with the student and immediately contacted the City of Radford Police Department, as the alleged activity occurred off campus.  Additionally, the University has provided continuous support for the student throughout the investigation.
 
This alleged activity is abjectly reprehensible and not reflective of our university.  The University has been and will continue to cooperate with the police in their investigation.  As facts are established from the police investigation, any Radford students found in violation of the Standards of Student Conduct will be held fully accountable. Possible student conduct charges may include hazing, endangering conduct and alcohol violation.  Possible sanctions may include warning, probation, suspension or dismissal. (https://www.wsls.com)

 

 

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