Eight Alderson Broaddus University students - including several of the school's football players - were arrested Sunday on misdemeanor charges of fleeing on foot for reportedly running from officers in an off-campus incident.
According to a press release from the Philippi Police Department, Patrolman R. G. Matheny responded to a loud noise complaint early Sunday around 12:45 a.m. at 112 Beech St. in Philippi.
Upon arriving at the scene, Matheny saw open containers of alcohol on the porch. When he began to identify the individuals who were present, he witnessed some of them running out of the back of the house, according to the release.
Matheny, along with a Barbour County sheriff's deputy and another patrol unit from the Philippi Police Department, began a foot pursuit of the suspects.
The police department's press release identified the students as members of the Alderson Broaddus University football team, saying, "The names of the players are not being released at this time."
An Alderson Broaddus University said Wednesday not all the students were players.
"Initially those eight individuals had identified themselves as football players, but after further review, we have found out that they are not all football players," Marketing and Communications Director Ashley Mittelmeier said, also confirming that all of the defendants are students.
Mittelmeier said she is uncertain exactly how many of the students are on the football team.
"Even though it was an off-campus event, if coaches want to hand out some consequences, that's up to them to do that," she said.
Records on file at Barbour County Magistrate Court identify eight individuals arrested on Sunday for the misdemeanor charges of fleeing on foot. All of the defendants were transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail and have been released on a $500 personal recognizance bond.
All of the defendants are at least 18 years of age and were identified as Jordan James Nizeer, Kenneth Andrew Holland Jr., Aaron Lamont Holley, Marcus Angelo Anderson, Gage Denier Bunner, Gary Joseph Neal, Zachery Tyler Templeton and Adam Christopher Mellott. According to an online AB football roster, Holley, Anderson, Bunner and Mellott are team members.
Telephone calls to the AB athletic director's office were not returned by press time.
Wednesday. According to the Barbour County Magistrate office, no hearings had been set for any of the defendants as of Wednesday.