An 18-year-old LSU student who allegedly punched a female fellow student repeatedly in the face at an on-campus fraternity house has been arrested on one count of second-degree battery.
The attack on Aug. 29 at the Kappa Alpha house on LSU’s campus left the victim with a broken nose and a gash on her forehead after Michael Long, of Monroe, allegedly punched her in the face.
The victim gave a description of the assailant but did not know him by name, the police report says.
University police later identified Long as the attacker and questioned him Friday. According to police documents, Long admitted to the assault before being arrested and booked into Parish Prison. He was released later Friday on a $5,000 bond.
The victim of the assault was treated at two different Baton Rouge emergency rooms following the attack, which occurred about 10:45 p.m. at the KA house. The cut opened up during the attack required seven stitches, and she’s scheduled for surgery to fix the fracture to her nose, according to police, who also noted the victim had extensive bruising to her face and was still in pain a week after the assault.
The fraternity’s chapter president declined to speak about the attack, instead referring all questions to Kappa Alpha’s national office. A spokesman for KA said the chapter has been temporarily suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident and that the chapter is cooperating with law enforcement and university officials.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Long had been pledging with the fraternity at the time of the assault, though a spokesman for KA’s national office said Long “is not a member of Kappa Alpha Order and will not be a member.” Calls made to numbers associated with Long’s home address in Monroe went unanswered Monday.
Ernie Ballard, a spokesman for LSU, said the fraternity wasn’t hosting a party at the time of the attack. The Daily Reveille reported that Long is a freshman at LSU studying business administration. Ballard said he couldn’t comment on Long’s status with the university. Generally, Ballard said, the university can suspend students or restrict their access to campus after a violent attack pending the completion of the university’s disciplinary process.