Police ID Bryant athletes charged in campus assault

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Police ID Bryant athletes charged in campus assault

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Smithfield police on Tuesday released new information on a weekend incident at Bryant University that resulted in three student-athletes being arrested.

Joseph Kasperzyk, 19, of New Haven, Conn., Zahir Williams, 20, of the Bronx, NY, and Shelton McNeal, 20, of Lakeland, Fla., were arrested Sunday on charges of breaking and entering, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy, according to police.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a townhouse on campus and spoke to the residents. The residents told police the suspects broke into the house and started banging on the doors, demanding that they exit their bedrooms.

Police said the suspects then assaulted two residents, broke a television, and tore posters off the walls.

Kasperzyk, Williams and McNeal were taken into custody and later appeared before a bail commissioner. The three men were released on $1,000 surety bail, with a pre-arraignment conference scheduled for July 8.

School officials said the men are members of the Bryant football or basketball programs and have since been suspended from their respective teams.

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