Man facing charges for battery at FSU fraternity

Published: Aug. 31, 2018 at 10:17 AM EDT
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

August 31, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- There are new developments in the hazing investigation at the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity at FSU.

Tallahassee Police have an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Oliver Walker.

He's facing charges of batter in connection to the hazing allegation of a 20-year-old FSU student.

Authorities say that student was hospitalized back in April with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

We've learned from a statement sent Friday by the fraternity that both the victim and the alleged suspect were tenants at the apartment complex where the fraternity meeting was held and had a right to be at the premises.

Students at FSU are shocked by the investigation.

"I've experienced hazing," said Tim Petrela. He says he experienced hazing before transferring to FSU.

"I don't really like to talk about it. It was not fun," he said.

Petrela is pleased to hear someone is being charged in the hazing investigation of Alpha Epsilon Pi.

He said, "I think that's justified. If someone was physically harmed or feels as if an injustice was done toward them, they should be able to go out and press charges."

The fraternity released a statement saying, "Obviously, Alpha Epsilon Pi International does not condone any type of physical violence towards anyone - whether intended to be humorous or not."

Freshman Tommy Collins hopes to join an on-campus organization one day and is shocked by the allegations.

"I don't really know the details of it, so I can't really judge and say that they did something that was right or wrong. It could've been an accident. But, hopefully this will show other fraternities and sororities to try to keep it down a notch or so, and try to just keep it in the realms of safety," Collins said.

The fraternity says neither victim nor Walker were brothers in good standing of Alpha Epsilon Pi.

Casey Burke, an FSU student, said, "Obviously they need to be in trouble. I don't know about complete jail, but, they need to be woken up. They need to realize this isn't something they should do to people."

The fraternity is still suspended.

FSU says it's reviewing the police report. Administrators say Walker was never at student at the university.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 31, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department says an arrest warrant has been signed for a man in connection to a

fraternity back in April.

TPD says warrants have been signed for 20-year-old Oliver Sidney Walker on charges of Battery and Crimes Against Person Culpable Negligence Inflict Harm.

Police said the incident happened on the evening of April 9 at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity on Heritage Grove Circle.

The victim, a 20-year-old male FSU student, was hospitalized with a skull fracture and two brain bleeds.

TPD said in a release on Friday, "Investigators intensely employed hours of investigative research, and conducted interviews with the assistance of the Florida State University Police Department. After reviewing all of the evidence and in consultation of the State Attorney’s Office, investigators were able to develop probable cause for the following subject connected in the injury of [the victim]."

At this time, a booking photo is not yet available for Walker.

An FSU spokesperson says Walker was never a student at the university, and that the victim is no longer enrolled.

FSU officials confirmed earlier this month that the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter was suspended "in response to an allegation of hazing."

On Friday, FSU Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht released the following statement:

Jonathan Pierce, media spokesperson for Alpha Epsilon Pi International, provided the following statement to WCTV:

We will continue to follow the latest on this story as it develops.