DURHAM — Three University of New Hampshire football players have been suspended from the team following their arrests on felony riot charges.
Linebackers Quinlen Dean and Kyle Hamper were taken into custody along with running back Jackson Housman by the Durham Police Department around 2 p.m. Friday.
Police allege that on Jan. 26, Dean, Hamper and Housman became involved in a large brawl at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The brawl sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries.
The fight reportedly began when one of the SAE fraternity brothers refused to let a football player into a party.
Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley said the person who was involved left the fraternity and returned with a large number of people who entered the house and assaulted several other people.
On Monday, Kelley said he would not release video of the incident because it is evidence. Police are still conducting interviews and the matter is still under investigation, he said.
Kelley said nobody from the fraternity has yet been arrested for their involvement in the brawl.
Kelley would not confirm or deny reports that the people who joined the football players in the attack were wearing masks similar to those in the movie “The Purge” or that some of those individuals were football players visiting from the University of Connecticut.
UNH spokesman Erika Mantz confirmed Dean, Hamper and Housman were suspended from the football team. She said university officials are reviewing the conduct and behavior of all parties involved in the alleged incident to determine if the players should face conduct charges.
Students facing felony-level criminal charges are typically expelled by UNH.
Johnny Sao, the director of communications for Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters in Evanston, Ill., said they are aware of the incident and are monitoring the situation.
“The chapter has been advised to cooperate with all investigative efforts,” Sao said.
When asked if officials at SAE’s national headquarters plan to take any further action on the matter, Sao said that will be determined when the investigation is complete.
“SAE provides national and regional educational programming which holds our members accountable to the values of the fraternity and the responsibilities of membership, including campus and community relations,” Sao said.
Mantz said the University of New Hampshire’s SAE chapter is not on probation at this time.
Dean, 21, of Greenbelt, Md., Hamper, 20, of Portland Ore., and Housman, 20, of Weare, each face up to seven years in prison on the riot charges. They are scheduled to be arraigned at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover Feb. 14.