Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2004

BU student arrested after fight

November 4, 2004

A Baker University student was arrested after a fight between members of two different fraternities.

A 23-year-old member of Baker's Delta Tau Delta fraternity, was arrested and issued a notice to appear in Baldwin municipal court for assault and battery after he allegedly punched Matthew Needham, 22, in the face during a party late Saturday night, said Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna.

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The Signal won't release the name of the student until he appears in court.

McKenna said Needham, a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member, had a broken tooth and a possible broken nose as a result of the fight.

McKenna said the fight occurred at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house, 412 Sixth St., after three Delta Tau Delta members arrived for a party wearing raincoats with writing on them.

"The raincoats had writing related to the rape incident a couple weeks earlier," he said.

A 19-year-old Kansas University student recently reported to Baldwin police that she had been raped by a Baker student on Oct. 14.

McKenna said the woman reported that after a night of drinking with friends at a Baker residence hall, she went to a fraternity to retrieve personal property.

She told police she was then raped by a male acquaintance in one of the bedrooms in the fraternity.

No arrests have been made in the case, but McKenna said the department is still investigating the alleged rape.

He said it was the alleged rape that prompted Delta Tau Delta members to wear the raincoats to the party Saturday evening.

He said an argument broke out between the two fraternities' members about the writing on the raincoats, which then escalated into a fight.

Baldwin police and Emergency Medical Service responded to the incident. McKenna said Needham refused medical treatment.

The 23-year-old Baker student was arrested in the 400 block of Fifth Street a short time after the fight.

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