DURHAM — Three members of the University of New Hampshire football team face felony riot charges after police say they entered a fraternity house and assaulted a number of people inside.
Quinlen Dean, of Greenbelt, Md., Kyle Hamper, of Portland, Ore., and Jackson Housman, of Weare, each face up to seven years in prison on the charges.
Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley said the incident occurred at Sigma Alpha Epsilon on Jan. 26.
“We didn’t receive a call on this. One of our officers happened to drive by the fraternity, and she saw a large number of people in the rear parking lot and in the front that appeared to be engaged in a fight,” Kelley said.
The brawl allegedly began when one of the brothers refused to let a football player into a party.
“The person who was involved in the fight left and then returned with a large number of people who entered the fraternity and engaged in several assaults,” Kelley said.
Kelley said one person was transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover with minor injuries.
The arrests were made Friday afternoon, according to a Durham Police Department press release.
According to the UNH football roster, Dean is a senior linebacker studying business administration management.
Hamper, a sophomore linebacker, is also studying business.
Housman, a junior running back, is in the environment and resource economics program.
It is not yet clear what disciplinary actions might be taken against the football players at UNH. Typically, students charged with a felony level crime are expelled.
Dean, Hamper and Housman were released on personal recognizance bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 14 in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover.