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3 of 5 jailed for Evergreen disturbance were on sports teams
« on: March 06, 2008, 09:08:37 PM »
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Three of the five people being held for a disturbance last month in which four patrol cars were damaged outside a hip-hop performance at The Evergreen State College were on school sports teams.

All five remained in custody Thursday morning, a day after their arrest, pending hearings to set bail, according to the Thurston County jail's Web site.

A sheriff's patrol car was overturned and ruined beyond repair, three others were vandalized and a laptop computer and radar gun were stolen during the disturbance early Feb. 15 after a campus police officer handcuffed a man while trying to break up a fight between two concertgoers and security volunteers at a Dead Prez performance.

College officials say the school will cover the damage, estimated by the sheriff's office at $35,000 to $50,000.

Jake D. Silberman, 19, of Olympia, a member of the Evergreen baseball team, told an administrator he participated in the destruction of the patrol car because he got caught up in a mob mentality, according to documents filed in court.

Silberman, held without bail for investigation of rioting while armed with a deadly weapon and first-degree malicious mischief, and Monica L. Ragan, 18, of Olympia, and Nina R. Hinton, 19, of Mount Vernon, members of the women's soccer team, have been suspended from sports participation, said Jason Wettstein, an Evergreen spokesman.

According to court filings, Silberman also was fired from his student job.

Both women were held for investigation of rioting and first-degree malicious mischief.

Also jailed without bail were Peter B. Sloan, 18, of Olympia, for investigation of rioting and first-degree malicious mischief, and Chase E. Hill, 23, of Olympia, for investigation of second-degree theft.

All but Sloan are Evergreen students and could face discipline under the school's student conduct code, Wettstein said.

A 45-minute videotape shot by campus police led to the arrests.

New details of the disturbance also emerged in court filings Wednesday, including a call from the mother of a concertgoer for law enforcement backup after a campus officer tried to make an assault arrest. The mother said she and her daughter were called snitches and deluged with trash.

As outlined in court documents, the situation became more heated as some claimed the arrest attempt was racially motivated and authorities moved in with pepper spray and batons. Some concertgoers said law enforcement officers hit them and officers said some concertgoers threw objects at them and tried to take their guns.

The patrol car was trashed after authorities backed off and the man the officer had handcuffed, Kaylen Williams, 24, of Olympia, was released. Williams has been charged with misdemeanor assault, The Olympian newspaper reported Thursday, but he was not listed on the jail's online roster.