Fight leaves student injured

A late-night brawl last weekend at Horn and Markham apartments left Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna asking only one question – who done it?

According to a police report filed the night of the incident, the police department received a call around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 to go to 301 Sixth Street. 

“There was a reference to a fight that occurred there,” McKenna said. “There was a group of people outside that were yelling.”

The fight, which began in the apartment courtyard, left a 21-year-old Baker student with 12 stitches and a bruised tailbone, the police report said.

Senior Amber Keith was leaving the apartments with a friend when she found herself in the middle of an argument between several other Baker students, McKenna said. <br/>When Keith turned to try and diffuse the argument, she was struck on the face. A fight ensued around her.When Keith turned to try and diffuse the argument, she was struck on the face. A fight ensued around her.
When Keith turned to try and diffuse the argument, she was struck on the face. A fight ensued around her.

The suspect, who has been identified as a 23-year-old male Baker student, then fled the scene of the crime, McKenna said.

Following the fight, Keith was taken to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where she began to bleed from her mouth, McKenna said.

“We’re all relieved that Amber is going to be fine,” Chad O’Bryhim, Sigma Phi Epsilon president, said. “That was our No. 1 priority.”

Keith was then transported to the Olathe Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

For two days afterward, police officers and school officials were still unsure of the name of the perpetrator, though.

“We have just a limited amount of information,” Dean of Students Cassy Bailey said early this week.

The suspect has since been identified and paperwork has been filed with the Douglas County district attorney’s office.

“They will either deny the warrant or they will issue a warrant for whatever charges they feel appropriate,” McKenna said of the district attorney’s office.

Because the suspect has been identified as a Baker student, Bailey said actions would be taken according to the Baker student handbook.

“We will begin our own investigation,” Bailey said. “Any action of violence is always considered serious.”

Following the fight, which involved both Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Sigma fraternity members, O’Bryhim and Dan Kalkman, Kappa Sigma president, met to discuss the fight and the future of the two fraternities.

“I immediately called Chad because we wanted to make sure that neither house would be punished for the fights since none of our guys were directly involved,” Kalkman said. “We also wanted to work out our differences.”

Brett Bruner, director of greek life and health education, sat in on the meeting he said served to help improve the ongoing feud between the two organizations.

“In general, they discussed what can be done to improve the relationship between Kappa Sigma and Sigma Phi Epsilon,” Bruner said.

Currently, the two fraternities do not face any punishment in response to the weekend fight, but Bailey said the investigation continues as to what exactly happened at the apartments.

“We’ll be gathering staff and witness reports as well as police reports,” Bailey said. “Charges will be filed accordingly.”