Marshall Police identify suspect in Wiley College campus assault
Wanted: Kevin Whaley, 32 (Source: Marshall Police Department)
MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) -
Marshall Police have a suspect in connection with one of a series of attacks on students at Wiley College in September.
Police have identified Kevin Dewayne Whaley, 32, as the man they are looking for. They have a warrant for his arrest on an aggravated assault charge.
Whaley is wanted in connection with a fight that occurred on September 23. Police say they were called about 2 p.m. to a fight in progress at Strickland dormitory.
Police and emergency personnel found a black male with multiple injuries.
Whaley is described as standing about 5'7" and weighing 170 pounds. Police say he frequently visits the Longview-Marshall area.
Anyone who knows of Whaley's whereabouts should call Lt. Patrick Clayton at 903-935-4540 during the day, or the main police number at 903-935-4575 at any time. Anonymous calls can be directed to Crime Stoppers at 903-935-9969.
A day after the September 23 fight, college officials called an assembly to answer student questions about the on-campus attack and threats.
School leaders explained then that a group of Wiley students got into a fight with a group of non-students at an off-campus party over the weekend. School administrators think one or more of the people involved in that fight went to the college campus the next day and attacked another student who was not involved in the off campus fight.
"He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time from someone who was looking to injure any student who was from Wiley," said Dr. Joseph Morale, Vice President of Student Affairs.
The school thinks the attacker used a crow bar.
Wiley is a historically black college. Campus leaders say they think whoever attacked or threatened students did target them because they are Wiley students, but they do not think it is race related.