PHILIPPI - An Alderson Broaddus University student was arrested Thursday after allegedly obstructing an officer during an interview related to a weekend altercation between ABU and West Virginia Wesleyan College students.
Mycheal Vantrell Knox, 20, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer after police tried to forcibly take his phone while on the campus of ABU Thursday, according to a criminal complaint on file at the Barbour County Magistrate Court. Bond was set at $5,000.
He remained incarcerated Friday at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. According to his bond agreement, Knox is not permitted to leave the state without written consent.
Mycheal Vantrell Knox
Police Chief Matt Gregory and Lt. Douglas Loudin of the Buckhannon Police Department were interviewing Knox and attempting to obtain a warrant for his cellphone, according to the complaint.
The complaint also states that while the officers were attempting to obtain the warrant, Knox advised them they weren't getting his phone. Knox also appeared to be trying to scroll through files, the complaint states. When Gregory attempted to forcibly take the phone, Knox reportedly gripped onto it momentarily.
According to the Barbour County Magistrate's office, Knox's interview was in relation to an alleged group assault against Wesleyan student by ABU students Sunday. The brawl occurred after a social event in the yard of the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity House on College Avenue, according to a press release submitted by Wesleyan officials.
"Several car loads" of AB students allegedly parked behind McCuskey Hall, a residence hall, and then went to the KA House "with a desired objective," the release states.
ABU Director of Marketing and Communications Director Ashely Mittelmeier said Friday Knox has been expelled from school.
"I can confirm that he has been removed from campus permanently and will be expelled," she said.
A student police believe was involved in the assault was arrested Wednesday by the Buckhannon Police Department, with assistance from the West Virginia State Police.
Steven Roderick Smith, 19, of Virginia Beach, Va., was charged with malicious wounding, a felony. He is a former member of AB's football team who is suspected of stabbing a WVWC student in the arm during the alleged altercation Sunday. Smith remains incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond. He also was arrested on the campus of ABU.
Smith was "expelled indefinitely" from AB after his arrest, Mittelmeier said Wednesday, adding AB has a zero tolerance policy for the behavior portrayed by the students involved.
Gregory told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday that more arrests in relation to the incident were possible. Mittelmeier also said that, depending on the level of involvement discovered by any additional students, they will be disciplined accordingly.
Wesleyan has defended its students, saying they acted responsibly and in self-defense.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Buckhannon Police by calling 304-472-5723 or visiting www.buckhannonpolice.com.