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By Kristin Zachary

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ECU police said a man arrested Monday for a pregame assault outside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium punched a 23-year-old ECU alumnus from behind, knocking him out cold.

Stefan James Vaughan, 24, of Currituck County, has been identified as the man caught in a flash of video striking Gregory Taylor Shouse before the Aug. 31 East Carolina University football game with Old Dominion.

Shouse, a Clemmons resident, fell to face-first to the ground and suffered serious injuries, authorities said. Vaughan, identified and located with the help of witnesses and concerned citizens, was arrested in his home county and charged with assault inflicting serious injury, according to the East Carolina University Police Department. His bond was set at $25,000.

His arrest came about a week after an initial charge against Blade Hunter Perdue, 21, of Clayton. Perdue was charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault. He posted a $5,000 bond.

Police said Perdue also is seen in a video captured by a witness on his phone and posted on YouTube. He is wearing a gold Pirate Nation T-shirt, squares off with Shouse and punches him prior to the blow by Vaughan.

Police have not said what touched off the fight, although they said alcohol-use was involved. Shouse’s brother, 19-year-old ECU student Logan Elliott Shouse, has been identified as the second victim in the fight, which occurred in the Student Pirate Club tailgating area.

“I would like to commend our investigating officers for their diligence in working this assault investigation,” ECU Deputy Chief Jason Sugg said in a Tuesday news release announcing the arrest. “They had little to go on immediately following the event and 10 days later we have a second arrest.

“I would also like to thank the concerned citizens who called in with information,” he said. “Their assistance was also crucial in the days after the incident.”

Vaughan and Perdue will be banned from campus because of their involvement in the assault, Sugg said. Neither is a current or past student at ECU, according to the registrar’s office. Perdue is listed on a police report as a Pitt Community College student.

Witness statements provided conflicting information as to whether the two suspects knew each other, but police have since determined the men are acquaintances, Lt. Chris Sutton said on Tuesday.

“I do not know how well they are acquainted,” he said. Sutton does not believe either suspect knew the Shouse brothers prior to the incident. Sutton said Vaughan and Perdue’s ban from campus also includes tailgating activities and football games.

The YouTube video posted on Sept. 1 shows a large crowd gathered around Shouse and Vaughn cheering and jeering in the initial moments of the fight. The ground nearby is littered with beer cans. The noise turns frantic as Shouse is hit from behind and collapses to the asphalt.

Violence has no place on ECU’s campus, Chancellor Steve Ballard said in the Tuesday release.

“ECU police should be lauded for swiftly and doggedly seeking justice for the victim of this assault and for the ECU community,” he said. “… I encourage all members of the ECU community to uphold our shared Pirate values through the remainder of this football season, and every day.”

Contact Kristin Zachary at kzachary@reflector.com and 252-329-9566. Follow her on Twitter @kzacharygdr.

“I would like to commend our investigating officers for their diligence in working this assault investigation,” ECU Police Deputy Chief Jason Sugg said. “They had little to go on immediately following the event and 10 days later we have a second arrest.

“I would also like to thank the concerned citizens who called in with information,” he said. “Their assistance was also crucial in the days after the incident.”

via The Daily Reflector.

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