Frat House Fight Lands Two In Local Jail

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Taylor Heath and Douglas Swift were jailed Friday after a fight that police say began on the front steps of the University of Arkansas Sigma Nu fraternity house.

Heath, 20, of 1477 N. Olympic Club Ave. in Fayetteville, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 3:22 a.m. Friday, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.

Swift, 22, also of 1477 N. Olympic Club Ave., was booked at 7:42 a.m., the website shows.

Officer Andrea Bugg of the University of Arkansas Police Department said she arrived at the Sigma Nu house at 1:13 a.m. on Friday and was told by an eyewitness, Benjamin Matthews, about an incident that began on the fraternity house front steps, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The eyewitness told Bugg that Heath rushed Swift from behind at the fraternity house, and then Swift turned and pushed her, the report states.

The eyewitness told the officer that Heath and Swift then traveled north on Stadium Drive. The officer went in that direction, arriving near Parking Deck Drive to see Heath and Swift “swinging at each other,” according to the report.

The officer said Heath grabbed Swift, and Swift pushed Heath away. Other males arrived and took Swift to the side while the officer handcuffed Heath “for her own safety as she was flailing her arms around and trying to grab at Mr. Swift,” the report states.

The officer told Heath she was under arrest, but the 20 year old “constantly” cursed and also threatened to kill Swift, the report states.

A second officer warned Swift to stop using profanity, but when he continued, he also was arrested, the report states.

Heath faces charges of terroristic threatening, third-degree domestic battery, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville District Court on Oct. 5, the sheriff’s office website shows.

Swift faces charges of disorderly conduct and third-degree domestic battery and also is set to appear Oct. 5 in Fayetteville District Court, the website shows.

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