PD: 2 more arrested in beating of ASU student

TEMPE, AZ - Two more arrests have been made in the severe beating of an Arizona State University student, Tempe police said Thursday morning.

The 19-year-old victim was found covered in blood after being forced into an elevator in an off-campus apartment complex near Apache Boulevard and Rural Road, police said.

Tempe police were investigating whether members of rival fraternities were involved.

Read a statement from Arizona State University on the next page

Residents of the apartment complex called 911 after the victim was found around 1 a.m. Monday.

The arrests of 19-year-old Harsimrandeep Bhatti and 21-year-old Joshua Drew James happened Wednesday. They were booked into Maricopa County Jail for one count of unlawful imprisonment.

On Tuesday night, 19-year-old Kiernan Charles Bates was arrested and booked on charges of aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment, according to police and a court document.

He was jailed after appearing Wednesday before a judge who set bond at $5,400.

According to MCSO, Bates was released at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday.

"He has not said anything to us. We don't have any cooperation at this time," said Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Mike Pooley.

Surveillance video showed several young men make contact with the victim in the lobby.  The victim can be seen resisting and pulling away before he is eventually pushed into the elevator.

"He gets forced into the elevator and there's some commotion. You don't see the actual assault but there's some commotion going on," explained Pooley.

Two of the young men stepped inside before the door closed, according to the probable cause statement submitted by police.

When the door opened on the third floor, someone waiting for the elevator saw two young men with blood on their hands standing over the injured victim on the floor, the statement said.

In the surveillance video, the 19-year-old victim is seen lying unconscious on the elevator floor, with the student that discovered him trying to help him.

The statement said the victim had a broken jaw that had to be wired shut and eight fractures to his face.

Pooley said the victim was highly intoxicated and initially uncooperative with police when contacted at a hospital. He later contacted police to make a report.


Statement from Arizona State University:

Arizona State University takes serious action when it comes to student misbehavior, whether it is individual or collective as part of an organization. The fraternities involved in recent incidents have been banned or placed on probation.
ASU has instituted these new requirements for fraternities and sororities:
·        Fraternity and sorority social programs that occur on or off campus must be registered in advance with the university. There will be a limit on social programs per chapter/semester and consequences for non-compliance.
·        Off-campus properties recognized as fraternal residences will be held to the same standards as on-campus groups.
·        Alcohol education for new students and student organizations will be broadened for all students through peer education and coordinated by student leadership, including a visible role for Greek chapter presidents.
·        Zero tolerance will be maintained for behavior incompatible with institutional standards and expectations. Regular chapter reviews will be conducted and incidents of misconduct will be subject to both fraternal peer review and judicial adjudication.
In addition, the ASU Police Department visited 11 apartment complexes in Tempe throughout the month of August to educate fraternities about issues such as holding social events, security and off-campus safety and conduct. Police also worked with management of the complexes to advise them on issues such as security. The department is continuing its student outreach efforts that include on average 100-plus events per year where officers educate students on the laws related to alcohol (MIP, MIC, DUI), issues related to alcohol tolerance and the negative consequences of underage drinking, and binge drinking.
The ASU Police Department meets with fraternities each year to provide educational presentations related to underage drinking and sexual assault prevention. The department coordinates "Meet Your Local Police" events hosted by ASU Police and involving Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale and Gilbert police departments. ASU Police officers also took ASU fraternity and sorority life personnel on a ride along to respond to party calls in Tempe. The department continues to work the party patrol with the Tempe Police Department.

In regard to your request for numbers on how many code of conduct violations were investigated over the past year and specific sanctions, I will have to submit that as a record's request to our Office of General Counsel.

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