Morgantown Police Arrest Another In WVU Fraternity Hazing Investigation

[image] Andy Nemes, photo courtesy of Facebook


Another student has surrendered himself to the police, in connection to a hazing incident.

The incident involved members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and a 19-year-old male who was injured on Nov. 15, 2013 as a result of initiation activities.

Christopher David Lazelle of Morgantown turned himself in to the Morgantown Police Department on Feb. 14, 2014 and has been charged with hazing, said a news release from Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston.

Lazelle was arraigned in Magistrate Court and has been released pending trial.


Morgantown Police have arrested a second person in connection to a hazing incident at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Michael William Sousa, 21, of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey surrendered himself at the Morgantown Police Department where he was charged with hazing, said Police Chief Ed Preston.  A 19-year-old man was injured on November 15, 2013 as a result of the initiation activities and physical assault by Sousa and Andrew Nemes.  Nemes is also facing battery and hazing charges.

Morgantown Police said additional information will be provided as more arrests are made.

Sousa was transported to Monongalia Magistrate Court for arraignment and was held on a $2,500 bond.


Morgantown Police have charged student Andrew Nemes with battery and hazing.

WVU's Student Organization Services said it could be four to five years until the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is allowed to continue on with campus activities.  Phi Kappa Psi will close Jan. 1 after a hazing incident.  WVU said the house will be suspended for five semesters and will then be put on inactive status.

The university said every student pledging goes through anti-hazing training and signs a contract.

Bob Campione from WVU's Student Organization Services said, "It's very critical when we get this signature it's done in good relationship to understanding what the University expects of you as a pledge and as a fraternity member."

Original Story

The Morgantown Police Department has made an arrest following an investigation into hazing at a West Virginia University fraternity.

Police received information that 19-year-old man was injured as a result of initiation activities and physical assault by members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on Nov. 15 on North Spruce Street. The WVU Department of Public Safety received information about the incidents on Nov. 18 and contacted the Morgantown Police Department, according to a news release from Morgantown Police. Detectives made contact with the victim to further investigate and the victim to declined to provide further information until he obtained legal and family consultation.

On Dec. 13, detectives interview the victim and other potential witnesses and initiated a criminal investigation for battery. Police arrested Andrew Nemes, 21, of Huntington Beach, California and charged him with battery and hazing. He was released on $2,000 bond, according to police. Additional arrests are pending as a result of the investigation.

WVU Student Organization Services, Student Conduct, and other entities are conducting separate administrative inquiries as a result of the incident, said Morgantown Police.

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