5 charged in Ga. Southwestern State University assault case

5 charged in Ga. Southwestern State University assault case

AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - A man has been arrested and four others have been charged after Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) student Tyler Ellis was critically injured in an assault on Oct. 31, according to a GSW press release.

Tyler Ellis
Tyler Ellis (Source: Stephanie Ellis)

GSW officials said Chason Worsham, 23, of Camilla, was arrested Wednesday for aggravated battery.

While Worsham, who is not a GSW student, is facing felony charges, four GSW students are facing misdemeanors ranging from battery to affray, the release states.

Tyler was taken to a hospital in Macon. His mother, Stephanie Ellis, said he was moved out of ICU and into the trauma wing of the hospital and was then released on Tuesday.

“He was attacked from behind. He was hit in the back of the head. It knocked him unconscious of course, and he fell to the ground and then he was kicked in the face” said Stephanie.

Georgia Southwestern would like to thank GSW Campus Police, the Americus Police Department and Chief Mark Scott for their assistance in this case.
Georgia Southwestern State University

GSW Police Chief Michael Tracy said campus police response times are around two or three minutes.

"We take the safety of our students and faculty and our staff, it’s our highest priority,” said GSW President Dr. Neal Weaver.

GSW President Dr. Neal Weaver
GSW President Dr. Neal Weaver (Source: walb)

GSW said it offers safety tools for students like the Alertus app and about seven active call boxes on campus.

Weaver said there are around 3,000 GSW students and only three fraternities, all of which are located off-campus. The attack happened near one of those fraternities.

“You can go anywhere and you can find trouble and so what we try to do is create the safest space as we possibly can," said Weaver.

Campus police said they can respond to issues 500 yards away from campus properties and want students to have peace of mind.

“Actually, 500 yards away from our property covers most of the apartment buildings in Americus. We do have access and jurisdiction in a lot of places that people don’t know we have and the truth being, we don’t have to exercise it that much. We have such a good relationship with the city and they do such a good job,” said Tracy.

GSW Police Chief Michael Tracy
GSW Police Chief Michael Tracy (Source: walb)

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