Police: 2 more arrests in ASU student beating case - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Police: 2 more arrests in ASU student beating case

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 5:57 pm

wo 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.

Residents of the apartment complex called 911 after the victim 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 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.

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