by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action
The Bakersfield Police Department has confirmed that four men were arrested in a hazing incident involving students at California State University. As of Saturday, police were investigating an alleged felonious assault involving members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
The report was initiated after a 25-year old man was admitted to the hospital as a result of the incident. The investigation found that between March 28 and April 25, four students were assaulted on multiple occasions. The assaults included beatings and being shot at close range with a BB gun.
The members of the fraternity involved in the alleged incident are not officially sanctioned by the university. They do, however, recruit students from the CSUB campus through a club they’ve established.
Ryan Nichols and Deandre Horn, both 22-years old, were arrested in the alleged incident. They are being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, torture and conspiracy. Darlington Agu, 24, and Ricky Joy Jr., 20, are being charged with hazing and conspiracy. Another student, 22-year old Philemon Norris, is wanted and police are searching for him.