Police Radio Recordings Offer Insight to VEISHEA Riot Response

AMES, Iowa - Five more Iowa State University students are facing charges in connection with Tuesday's VEISHEA riot.

Andrew Adams, 20, of Ames, was charged with trespass.

Mark Ribbeck, 20, of Ames, was charged with harassment of a public official.

David Irving, 20, of Ames, was charged with fifth-degree theft, disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal mischief. Irving is an ISU football player.

ISU Athletics officials said Irving "has been suspended indefinitely from the Iowa State football team for a violation of the Iowa State student-athlete code of conduct policy."

Alexander Abbinante, 19, of Ames, was charged with trespass.

Clayton Steimel, 20, of Ames, was cited and released on fifth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Three other people were charged earlier this week. Ames police said they expect additional arrests and charges.

Police said the public has provided numerous tips in the case.

Police have released recordings of radio traffic during the disturbance. It indicates the crowd quickly got out of hand.

"Let them know we have about a thousand on Welch. One car flipped," one officer said.

Several minutes later another officer said the crowd turned on police.

"Starting to throw beer cans. Starting to throw beer cans. Watch your heads."

"I've got one down under arrest," another replied.

"Officers just stay on the outside of the crowd. If you can pick one or two off, now is probably the time," a third said.

Some in the crowds began pulling down light poles. That's when one man was seriously hurt.

"I have a male that was hit in the head by one of the light poles that came down at Welch and Chamberlain," an officer said.

Thirteen minutes later, emergency medical crews said "The patient is unresponsive. He has to be intubated."

Fourteens minutes after that, "Transporting one from Welch out to the airport."

Iowa State officials on Wednesday decided to cancel all VEISHEA-related events. But students are continuing some of the unofficial celebrations. Several parties in campus town are still happening.

Ames police said they have increased patrol to make sure those festivities don't get out of hand.
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