Five fraternity members were arrested early this week after authorities received reports that they allegedly hazed a Johnson C. Smith University student. A sixth person turned himself in on Thursday.
Clifton Kyle Gregg, Edward Droshon Alexander, Nickalos Duran Hayden, Touangaheofa Langi and Patrick Joseph Philogene were all arrested Tuesday. On Thursday night, Carlton Richardson turned himself in on an outstanding hazing warrant.
The 20-year-old victim reported that the hazing occurred from Nov. 17, 2014, to Jan. 19, 2015, according to police.
The victim told police he had met with members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at various locations, hoping to become a member of the fraternity.
The victim said that he was struck with an object numerous times by fraternity members at various locations, both on and off campus.
During several of the encounters, police said, the victim sustained severe injuries. The report states that the victim was treated at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center for scratches and bruises.
“Johnson C. Smith University is committed to ensuring the safety, health and well-being of our students,” school officials said in a statement released Thursday. “We take all allegations of hazing very seriously, and we have been conducting an internal investigation in addition to cooperating with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in its investigation.”
JCSU officials told WBTV that Omega Psi Phi was banned from the campus because of the alleged hazing.
“The university sent a cease and desist order to Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. for all activities, and the organization has been suspended from campus,” officials said. “Additionally, the Sixth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. has issued a notice of interim suspension to Rho Chapter of the fraternity. We will continue our internal investigation, and all students involved will face the university’s judicial process.”
Anyone with additional information concerning this case and or suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Observer staff writer Adam Bell contributed.