Kappa Alpha brothers cited in beating on LSU campus

LSU police issued summonses this week to four Kappa Alpha fraternity members who admitted throwing punches during the recent beating of two members of the Theta Xi fraternity that left one man unconscious and the other with a possible fractured vertebra, authorities said Friday.

The four suspects — Paul Babineaux, Nicholas Zipko, Andrew D’Armond and Taylor Johnson, all 19 — face misdemeanor counts of simple battery, though police said the investigation is continuing. The summonses were issued Wednesday. Police said the incident occurred Aug. 29 near the intersection of East Campus Drive and Dalrymple Drive.

The victims, both 20, told police they were kicked during the beating, but they were unable to identify the assailants who kicked them, police said.

“The four that we arrested did admit to being involved, but they only admitted to throwing punches,” said Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU police spokesman.

The incident happened about 11:40 p.m. after the two victims noticed someone who appeared to be intoxicated throwing up outside their fraternity house, police said.

“They went outside to check on him and realized that it was not a member of their fraternity,” Lalonde said.

The victims said “a large group of people approached them,” Lalonde added, “at which time a physical altercation ensued.”

He said none of the suspects reported any injuries.

The victims did not report the incident to the authorities until 12:30 p.m. the following day.

“They went to the hospital on their own and they didn’t call us that night,” Lalonde said. “It wasn’t until they realized the significance of their injuries that they reported them to us.”

The local Kappa Alpha chapter deferred comment to its national administrative office. Jesse S. Lyons, director of communications for Kappa Alpha Order, said fraternity officials were working with university administrators to investigate reports of a fight.

“National and local KA leaders are looking into the allegations to determine exactly what happened,” Lyons wrote in an email late Friday. “If the allegations are confirmed, fraternity officials will take the appropriate disciplinary action.”

Lalonde said the motive behind the incident remained unclear.

“At this point, we do consider it an open investigation,” he said.

LSU police released the following Baton Rouge addresses for the suspects: Babineaux, 5355 Arlington Court; Zipko, 777 Ben Hur Road.; D’Armond, 910 Ben Hur Road; and Johnson, 1500 Brightside Drive.