In this battle, Baker beats Ottawa
A trio of Ottawa men got more than they bargained for early Sunday morning from a pair of Baker University fraternity members.
The incident was full of oddities, especially for 2 a.m. on a Sunday in downtown Baldwin City. It happened in the 800 block of Eighth Street — not a smart place to pick a fight.
“We had a minor ruckus in front of the police station,” said Police Chief Greg Neis. “Apparently, there were three drunk Ottawa residents up here and they decided to have a fight with some fraternity brothers. Two of the Ottawa men went to the hospital.”
Neis said the male students, one 18 and one 19, were walking along Eighth Street with a 19-year-old female student. The Ottawa men, two who are 31 and one who is 50, said some things about the female that the two males didn’t care for.
“The students were just walking by when the Ottawa men started making rude comments and approached the guys and the gal,” said Neis.
From there, it didn’t go well for the Ottawa men. When police arrived, the two 31-year-olds were sprawled on the ground, bleeding from head wounds. They were transported by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.
“The Ottawa boys picked a fight and couldn’t put up with what they got,” he said. “No one wanted to press charges. They figured they got what they deserved.”
It was unclear why the Ottawa men were in Baldwin City at that time of the morning. Neis said he didn’t think it had anything to do with Baker and Ottawa universities renewing the schools’ football rivalry Saturday night for the first time since 1993.
Ottawa won that gridiron battle 24-14. Baker avenged that loss later that night 2-0 in the brawl, but the opponents weren’t at the top of their game.
“They were being drunk and stupid,” said Neis.