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2nd suspect arrested in connection with ECU tailgate fight

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Police released a video in hopes of identifying a second suspect in a fight that left an ECU fan seriously injured. Police released a video in hopes of identifying a second suspect in a fight that left an ECU fan seriously injured.
Blade Hunter Perdue is charged with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault. Blade Hunter Perdue is charged with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault.
GREENVILLE, N.C. -

East Carolina University Police have made a second arrest in connection with a tailgate fight that left a fan seriously injured in August.

Stefan James Vaughan, 24, of Currituck County, was arrested Monday and charged with assault inflicting serious injury.

Police previously charged 21-year-old Blade Hunter Perdue with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault in connection with the Aug. 31 incident.

Vaughn and Perdue are suspected to have been involved in a fight that occurred before ECU's season opener against Old Dominion. During the altercation in the Student Pirate Club parking lot, 23-year-old Gregory Taylor Shouse suffered serious injuries after he was knocked out.

There's no word from university officials on what prompted the assault on Shouse, but Vaughan and Perdue will be banned from campus due to their involvement.

Neither Vaughn nor Perdue is a current or past student at ECU.

Perdue was identified and arrested on Sept. 3, but police initially had little information about the second suspect. To aid in the investigation, police released a video of the fight as well as several photos of a man with a tattoo on his left arm.

ECU Police Deputy Chief Jason Sugg said "concerned citizens" aided in identifying the suspect.

"I would like to commend our investigating officers for their diligence in working this assault investigation," Sugg said. "They had little to go on immediately following the event and 10 days later we have a second arrest."

During a news conference Thursday, ECU's student body president Timothy Schwan said violence will not be tolerated.

"We want to join together and state clearly that violent behavior is not acceptable and not consistent with our shared Pirate values, and will not be tolerated on our campus or at our events," Schwan said.

Lt. Chris Sutton, with ECU Police, said the last fight of this magnitude was 13 years ago when ECU played Virginia Tech.

"So we have played 76-78 games here at Dowdy Ficklin Stadium and have had tailgates leading up to each one of those games that we have not had an issue like this," Sutton said.

ECU Police said it will crack down on underage drinking and will also enforce the university's no liquor policy.

Vaughn's bond is set at $25,000, while Perdue's is $5,000.

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