Ames police have released the names of more people arrested in connection with the violence and vandalism in Ames’ Campustown area during VEISHEA week, and one of the people on the list is an Iowa State football player.
Cars were tipped over, light poles torn down, stop signs removed and members of a large crowd threw bottles and cans at Ames police officers late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The incident led ISU President Stephen Leath to cancel the rest of VEISHEA week.
The latest arrests in the case are:
Alexander Abbinante, age 19—Trespass
Andrew Adams, age 20—Trespass
Mark Ribbeck, age 20—Harassment of a public official
David Irving, age 20—5th degree theft, disorderly conduct, 2nd degree criminal mischief
Police say 20-year-old Clayton Steimel was also cited and released for 5th degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
All five men are residents of Ames.
Irving is a defensive lineman on the Cyclone football team. He has been suspended indefinitely. Coach Paul Rhoads says he’ll comment on the situation Saturday, following the ISU spring game.
As for how the crowd will act over the weekend, police say it’s too early to tell. They expect a lot of people to pack into Campustown especially with VEISHEA events cancelled because of Tuesday’s unrest.
They expect a lot of alcohol to be flowing.
“We don’t really have a good feel for how it’s going to go,” Commander Geoff Huff of the Ames Police Department said. “The unknown factor is how many people are going to come from out of town. Normally we have a lot of people come in from out of town for VEISHA. We don’t know what’s going to happen since they canceled most of those official events.”