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Second Arrest Made In Fight Before ECU Game

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ECU police say they have made a second arrest in that tailgating assault before the August 31st home football game with Old Dominion.

Stefan Vaughan of Currituck County was arrested Monday and charged with assault inflicting serious injury.

The university says the 24-year-old is not a current or past student at ECU. But WITN has learned that Vaughan is a former student at Pitt Community College and last attended classes in the fall of 2011.

The victim, a 23-year-old ECU graduate, was assaulted in a parking lot around 5:40 p.m.

Last week, ECU police arrested Blade Perdue of Clayton on charges of assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault. Perdue is a current student at P.C.C.

Both men will be banned from ECU's campus.

"I would like to commend our investigating officers for their diligence in working this assault investigation. They had little to go on immediately following the event and 10 days later we have a second arrest," said ECU Police Deputy Chief Jason Sugg. "I would also like to thank the concerned citizens who called in with information. Their assistance was also crucial in the days after the incident."


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ECU Police held their pre-game briefing Wednesday morning about security and parking for Thursday night's game and also announced an arrest and a search for another suspect in a fight that seriously injured a person before Saturday's game.

It happened at 5:40 p.m. before Saturday's game.

They say 21-year-old Blade Perdue, who is not a current or past student at ECU but is originally from Clayton, was arrested Tuesday. A Facebook page that appears to be Perdue's states he lives in Greenville.

Police say they are searching for a second suspect. They have released a picture they say features that suspect.

Police say Perdue is charged with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault.

They also report staff adjustments will be made for future games,
and an officer will be put on a crane 30 feet in the air above the tailgating crowd to watch for issues.

The victim is a 23-year-old graduate of ECU and is expected to be okay.


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