Fourth band suspect arrested

An additional arrest was made Wednesday in the case involving Marching 100 band members accused of hazing in September.Kristoffer Busby, 21, from Atlanta, was arrested Wednesday on one count of misdemeanor hazing.

Dontay Douglas, Kenneth Sparks and James Wheeler, the other three students arrested Tuesday, were charged with several counts of misdemeanor hazing.

If the students are found guilty they could face up to one year in jail.

According to the Florida Statute, Chapter 1006.63, Section 3, “A person commits hazing, a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, when he or she intentionally or recklessly commits any act of hazing as defined in subsection (1) upon another person who is a member of or an applicant to any type of student organization and the hazing creates a substantial risk of physical injury or death to such other person.”

Lt. Angela Kirkland from the FAMU Police Department said Marching 100 Director Julian White brought the case to the attention of the police.

“We have a great working relationship with Dr. White,” Kirkland said. “As he sees things happening, especially of a criminal nature, he makes contact with us.”

Kirkland said students might be reluctant to come to the police but White mandates that they do so when he gets involved.The investigation began in early September after the band’s trip to Detroit with the football team Sept. 1.

While in Detroit, members of the band allegedly attempted to steal items from the hotel in which they were staying.

Kirkland said that was not the first incident that occurred, but the hotel incident initiated the investigation.

“There were other incidents that occurred here in Tallahassee that we also investigated,” Kirkland said.

According to a press release issued by the university, FAMU PD Chief Calvin Ross said the investigation ended with the arrests.