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Two Stabbed at DKE; Two Suspects Still at Large

By Eva Moy
News Editor

The latest in a series of violent crimes occurred just before midnight on Friday, when two MIT students were stabbed at a Delta Kappa Epsilon party. John P. Olynyk '94 received knife wounds to the back and lower hip, and Sean Chappe '94 received cuts on his right arm and left cheek, according to a Cambridge Police report. Both victims are members of DKE.

MIT Campus Police and Cambridge Police are investigating eight male suspects in connection with the case. The police believe that the suspects are not affiliated with MIT.

Olynyk was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital and released Sunday. Chappe was treated at the MIT Medical Center and released Saturday. Chappe said he received a total of 16 stitches for his injuries.

The eight suspects showed up at the party between 10:30 and 11 p.m., according to one DKE brother. "From what we know, they came to our house with the intent of creating trouble," Chappe said.

The eight suspects were asked by fraternity members to leave the party after pulling an internal house fire alarm. Then the fighting began, according to a Campus Police bulletin.

According to statements by witnesses, six of the men exited the fraternity, but two stayed inside, said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin. The stabbings occurred at about 11:58 p.m., when the six men tried to re-enter the fraternity.

Glavin added that the police believe only one person was responsible for the stabbing.

The men had claimed to be Boston University students in order to gain entrance to the party, according to witnesses. But a check with BU Police revealed that this was not true, Glavin said.

An undisclosed number of the eight suspects are juveniles, according to Cambridge Police Crime Analyst Richard Sevieri, who would not reveal their ages. Chappe said some of them looked to be in their early 20s.

The police have the license plate number of one of the vehicles the suspects used to escape, Glavin said. "Hopefully [they can] apprehend them and charge them" soon, she added.

The detective divisions of the Cambridge and Campus Police are working together to identify of the person or persons who committed the stabbings, Glavin said. "We are doing it in a way that will allow us to bring criminal complaints" against those responsible, she said.

Stealing was suspected

Chappe gave this firsthand account of Friday night's events:

The DKE members suspected that the suspects were stealing from the upstairs rooms. One of the eight was seen with another person's jacket hidden underneath his own. "When we saw that, we decided that we should try to ask them to leave," Chappe said.

It was "not clear who pulled the fire alarm," but this alerted other DKE members to come downstairs, Chappe said. As the suspects were being ejected from the house, a scuffle broke out in the front entryway.

After six of the assailants were outside the building, the scuffle escalated, but Chappe said he did "not know when the first punches were thrown." Within seconds of stepping outside, Chappe was stabbed in his arm and cheek with a knife.

Shortly afterward, Olynyk was stabbed while holding someone back in an attempt to break up the fight. He was hit over the head with a board and then stabbed twice in the back. Both Olynyk and Chappe were taken to the MIT Medical Center. Olynyk was later taken to Mt. Auburn Hospital and Massachusetts General, where he was treated.

The eight assailants fled in three cars, two of which were stopped by the Campus and Cambridge Police. Two of the suspects were driving a car which had been reported stolen, and they were arrested by Boston Police. Another four were brought into custody after a positive license plate number identification by partygoers. Two others are still at large, according to Chappe.

After returning from the hospital, Chappe determined that none of the suspects in custody was the one who stabbed him.

No CPs monitoring DKE party

The Campus and Cambridge Police responded after being called to the scene. No police had been present at the party, because, unlike dormitories, members of the InterFraternity Council do not have to register parties with the Residence and Campus Activities office.

Instead, IFC members must register their parties internally with the IFC Judicial Committee. This process is needed to ensure that too many parties are not held in close proximity and that official IFC party policies are enforced. Friday's party was registered with the IFC, according to Eric A. Ask '93, an IFC JudComm member.

The IFC provides guidelines for parties, but it is up to the individual houses to implement them, Ask said. About once or twice a term, problems will occur at a fraternity party, but usually nobody gets hurt, he added.

"This is one of these difficult situations. This is not a random street crime. ... There are certainly issues that we have to look at in the future," such as tighter security measures, Glavin said.

"It's just an increasingly more dangerous world today," she continued. It is hard to control what types of people attend functions that are open to the public, she added.

Dirk M. Bernold '94, vice president of DKE, said the fraternity will discuss the incident this week and evaluate its party policy for the future. Otherwise, he would not comment on the incident except to say that Chappe and Olynyk "are both fine now."