Victim of alleged WKU football fight plans to file charges

Published: Mar. 27, 2017 at 11:21 PM CDT
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The man allegedly assaulted by a group of Western Kentucky football players told 13 News he plans to file charges against those involved.

Jerald Armfield said he was attacked by a group of 9-10 men outside the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity house during an early morning incident March 5.

Police reports later recognized multiple people involved as WKU football players. Police say the football players were responding to an altercation that occurred the night before between members of the fraternity and members of the football team.

Armfield, an alumnus member of the PIKE fraternity, said he was called by someone inside the PIKE house that night saying there was a crowd of football players gathering outside, throwing bottles and other objects at the house.

Armfield said he then went to the PIKE house to prevent any dangerous situation from happening.

"I went to the house in the best interest of the fraternity and Western as a whole to prevent any type of violence from occurring," he said. "We got up there and realized they were all hiding behind garbage cans, trees, and buildings."

Armfield said he'll never forget what happened next.

"I never in my wildest dreams thought they would attack me in the manner that they did," he said. "They all started surrounding me. One of them threw a rock at me. It was within a few seconds that one of them punched me in the face.

"I fell down. I was kicked several times. The whole time they were beating me, I was begging them to stop, telling them I wasn't here the night before, I had nothing to to do with it, like please stop, please stop, and they didn't."

Armfield says that he plans to make sure that those responsible for the incident that left lasting damage in his left eye face some kind of repercussions.

"I made it very clear that night when the police arrived on the scene that I wanted charges pressed," he said. "As far as I know a detective from Bowling Green Police Department has it. As it stands right now, I still want charges pressed. They need to be held accountable for what they did not only as citizens but as students at Western."

Armfield said he respects Western Kentucky University's name and doesn't want a select few athletes tarnishing it.