2nd McDaniel student charged in assault

On-campus brawl said to have racial overtones

November 27, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A second McDaniel College student was arrested yesterday on assault charges in an on-campus brawl with racial overtones that occurred this month, Westminster police said.

Westminster police said they enlisted the help of Montgomery County police officers, who arrested Thomas E. "Scoots" Crowell, 23, at his parents' house on the 20200 block of New Hampshire Ave. in Brinklow.

Crowell was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

Crowell, who is white, was named in charging documents as one of several men who attacked Stuart Johnson, who is black and a 19-year-old sophomore at McDaniel College, on Nov. 6.

The fight began as an exchange filled with racial slurs on a chartered bus returning from a Baltimore nightclub, but on campus, it escalated into a fistfight, the documents stated.

Crowell's arrest came one day after another student, Nicholaos Alevrogiannis, 22, surrendered to police to be charged with assault and racial harassment charges, authorities said.

In a memo distributed four days after the fight, McDaniel College officials said that the students suspected of wrongdoing were being dealt with through the school's Honor and Conduct Board, which held a closed hearing Monday.

School officials would not reveal the outcome of the hearing, but the minimum punishment for a student found responsible for physical abuse is a two-semester suspension, according to the memo.

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