TEMPE, Ariz. — An Arizona State University student was arrested in the
severe beating of another student found covered in blood after being forced into
an elevator in an off-campus apartment complex, police said Wednesday.
Tempe police were investigating whether members of rival fraternities were
Residents of the apartment complex called 911 after finding the 19-year-old
victim in the elevator about 1 a.m. Monday.
Kiernan Charles Bates, also 19, was arrested Tuesday night and booked on charges
of aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment, according to police and a court
Bates did not immediately respond to an email sent to his ASU account. He
remained jailed after appearing Wednesday before a judge who set bond at $5,400.
Surveillance video showed several young men make contact with the victim in the
lobby before three of them forced him into an elevator, according to a court
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.
The person and a resident who works at the front desk later identified one of
the assailants as Bates, police said.
The statement said the victim had a broken jaw that had to be wired shut.
Sgt. Mike 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.
Witnesses told investigators that they believed the victim and Bates are from
rival fraternities, Pooley said, noting that police have identified other
suspects and were looking for them.
University officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.