DURHAM — One of the three men caught on camera participating in a large brawl at a University of New Hampshire fraternity house admitted to police that he hit Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s president.
Kyle Hamper, Quinlen Dean and Jackson Housman have been charged with felony riot and were suspended from UNH’s football team. The trio waived their rights to arraignment at Strafford County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.
According to an affidavit for his arrest, Hamper, 21, of Portland, Ore., met with police three days after the Jan. 26 incident. Hamper was asked if he was the man on the video punching SAE President Dillon Murphy in the hallway near the basement stairs.
Hamper said, “Yeah. That is definitely me punching that guy.”
Murphy told police responding to the scene that a large group of men wearing sweatshirts and ski masks attempted to push their way into the back and front doors of the fraternity house after a brother denied a person admittance to a party. Murphy recognized the group as members of UNH’s football team.
As part of their investigation, police were able to obtain security video footage and identify Hamper, Dean and Housman.
Dean, 21, of Greenbelt, Md., was seen punching Murphy and Robert Sweeney. Housman, 20, of Weare, was seen hitting and pushing Sweeney.
When patrol officer Emily Festa arrived at SAE, Sweeney was being punched and pushed down the front steps of the fraternity house’s walkway.
“As I approached, I yelled at the group, and shined my flashlight hoping to get the attention of the group and stop the altercation taking place. I grabbed Sweeney, who was now hunched over in the middle of the group, but still on his feet,” Festa wrote in the affidavit. “Once Sweeney stood up, I could see that he had multiple lacerations on his face.”
Deputy County Attorney Timothy Sullivan said Thursday that as part of their bail agreements, Hamper, Dean and Housman are not allowed onto SAE property.
Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley of the Durham Police Department said they expect to arrest three more men involved in the brawl today or at the beginning of next week.