UPDATE: Another arrest made in WIU fight, charged with Mob Action
UPDATED March 8th:
Marcus Raglund, Jr., 20, was arrested on March 6th.
Accoring to an arrest report, Raglund is a non-WIU student and attended Spoon River College but was staying in Tanner Hall.
He was transported to the McDonough County Jail at 3:58 p.m. where he was lodged pending bond.
On Sunday, seven Western Illinois Students and one non-student were arrested.
Each invidual was charged with Mob Action following a fight that took place in the Thompson Hall Dining Center on Saturday just before 1 p.m.
The following were arrested:
- Malcolm D. Sturdivant, 20, of Henninger Hall
- Serell R. Williams, 19, of 1007 Henninger Hall
- Darius D. Miller, 18, of 814 Henninger Hall
- Martez L. Brakes, 18, of 814 Henninger Hall
- Marques Jones, 18, of 1106 Tanner Hall
- Errick Delaney, 18, of 206 Henninger Hall
- Casey Comodore, 19, of 206 Henninger Hall
- Gianni Gillespie, of Chicago
All subjects were lodged in the McDonough County Jail pending bonds.
All students involved were issued interim suspensions and all of those arrested have been trespassed from campus.
OPS continues to investigate the incident.
WIU President Dr. Jack Thomas sent a letter to the University campus Monday morning. You can read it below.
Dear University Community:
We hold social responsibility as one of our four core values. Unfortunately, several individuals acted in a manner contrary to that expectation by engaging in a fight in a residence hall dining center Saturday, March 3. These egregious actions greatly disturb me and are inexcusable.
To date, seven students have been arrested for fighting, and have been issued interim suspensions. They are also barred from University property and face University disciplinary action. An investigation is continuing, and disciplinary action will follow for other individuals involved. Individuals with information regarding this incident should contact the Office of Public Safety at (309) 298-1949. One non-student has also been arrested and is barred from University property.
Fighting and other acts of violence are not tolerated at our University. Those who engage in this type of appalling behavior will be expelled. We do not want individuals at our University who incite violence and take part in such reprehensible conduct.
We have exceptional students at Western Illinois University. Far more students act in a socially responsible manner than the select few who participated in this deplorable behavior. We will not allow those select few individuals to mar our University's good name and detract from the great things we are doing at WIU. Students and visitors who do not follow the law and Western's Code of Student Conduct are not welcome at our University.
It is our expectation that all members of the University, as well as our guests and visitors, conduct themselves in a civil and respectful manner. Together, we will continue to work to ensure that our University remains a safe and peaceful place of higher learning.
Western Illinois University