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Police look for suspect in Wiley assault case

By Robin Y. Richardson ryrichardson@marshallnewmessenger.com
Oct. 2, 2012 at 10 p.m.


Detectives at Marshall Police Department are searching for a suspect wanted for the aggravated assault of a Wiley College student.

"We are actively looking for this suspect and we do have a warrant for aggravated assault," said MPD Detective Sonya Johnson.

Johnson said the suspect, 32-year-old Kevin Dewayne Whaley, is one of the individuals suspected to have assaulted students at Wiley in an incident about two weeks ago.

According to a press release from MPD, on Sept. 23, at about 2:05 p.m., MPD's dispatch received a call in reference to a fight in progress at the new Strickland Dormitory on the campus. Marshall police officers as well as Marshall Fire Department firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to the scene where a black male was found with multiple injuries.

"After further investigation, the suspect was identified as Kevin Dewayne Whaley," the press release indicated, noting Whaley is known to frequent the Longview/Marshall area.

MPD is asking anyone who has seen Whaley to contact Lt. Patrick Clayton of the department's Criminal Investigation Division at (903) 935-4540. All after hour calls may be directed to dispatch at (903) 935-4575. Anonymous calls can be directed to Marshall/Harrison Crimestoppers at (903) 935-9969.

Whaley is described as a black male with black hair, brown eyes. He is 5'7" and weighs 170 pounds.

According to college officials, several students were assaulted by non-students the weekend of Sept. 22, following an off campus party. In one of the attacks, a few students walking back to the campus from the party were attacked Saturday night. Another assault occurred that Sunday in the parking lot of a dormitory. During that assault, college officials said a male student was beaten with a crowbar.

Since the incidents, security has been heightened on campus and officials have tightened safety measures to ensure students' safety.

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