Police arrest 4 more suspects in Bryant break-in, assault


SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have arrested four more suspects in connection with an altercation inside of a townhouse at Bryant University.

Jarret Martin, 19, of Franklin, Mass., John Amaya, 20, of Rye, NY, Jack McNeil, 19, of Marshfield, Mass., Sarah McBrien, 20, of Scituate, Mass., were taken into custody after detectives spoke to additional witnesses.

On Wednesday, Amaya and McNeil were arrested and charged with breaking and entering, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy.

Martin, who was arrested Tuesday, and McBrien, who was arrested Wednesday, are both facing charges of breaking and entering and disorderly conduct.

Police had previously arrested Joseph Kasperzyk, 19, of New Haven, Conn., Zahir Williams, 20, of the Bronx, NY, and Shelton McNeal, 20, of Lakeland, Fla., on charges of breaking and entering, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy.

Kasperzyk, Williams and McNeal are all student-athletes at Bryant and were suspended from their respective teams following their arrests.

According to Smithfield police, the altercation occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday when the suspects broke into the townhouse and assaulted two residents. Police believe it was the result of a “day of excessive alcohol consumption and several smaller confrontations during the previous day.”

On Wednesday, Bryant University President Ronald Machtley said he created a task force to investigate the incident further, saying they’re looking into if any bias occurred.

“Their investigation will seek to determine all the relevant facts, including whether a bias incident occurred,” Machtley said.

Police said their investigation has not found any credible evidence that a bias incident occurred.

The investigation is ongoing and police said additional charges may be filed.

All four of the newly arrested suspects were released on bail.

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