Rutgers suspends students accused of violent crimes
The seven Rutgers students arrested Thursday in connection with a series of violent crimes have been placed on interim suspension from the University, the school announced Friday.
Ten people — many of them current or former Rutghers football players — had been charged in all. One remains on the loose. Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann had already said Thursday the give current players would be suspended from the team.
“We have a speedy, but fair, review process that looks at the nature of actions taken by students that are illegal or that otherwise violate our code of student conduct," Richard L. Edwards, chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, said in a statement released Friday. "Our initial review indicates that, in these cases, the alleged behavior warrants an interim suspension until additional information becomes available."
The students may appeal the suspension.
Authorities Thursday announced charges in a series of violent home break-ins and an attack on a group of people that broke one Rutgers' students jaws. In the break-ins, cash and drugs were stolen — also from Rutgers students.
The current players charged in the assault are: Ruhann Peele, 22, of Piscataway; Nadir Barnwell, 20, of Piscataway; Rahzonn Gross, 20, of Franklin Park; Delon Stephenson, 22, of Sayreville. Daryl Stephenson, 23 — Delon’s older brother as well as a former Rutgers student — was charged in the assault as well. He remains at large, authorities say.
Barnwell is reportedly the same player about whose grades coach Kyle Flood is alleged to have inquired, possibly in violation of NCAA and university rules.
Player Andre Boggs, 20, of Coatesville, is among five people charged in the home invasions, in which various people including current students were targeted for drugs and cash, officials say. The only person implicated in both is former Rutgers student Tejay Johnson, 23, of Egg Harbor.
Rutgers student Dylan Mastriana, 19, of Rio Grande has been accused of helping to plan robberies, in one case with Jianan Chen, 19, of New Brunswick. Mastriana is not a football player. Kaylanna Ricks, identified in media reports as a Ruthgers student as well, is accused of driving a getaway car for one robbery.
Authorities ask anyone with information on these or similar cases to call Detective Drew Weiss of the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-5217, or Detective Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4054.