More cops patrolling Greek Row after fight breaks out at fraternity


A DeKalb police cruiser.

By Keith Hernandez

Greek Row has seen a larger police presence due to a fight that resulted in several injuries earlier this month.

The fight occurred at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, 919 Greenbrier Road, after members denied entry to a group of more than 20 people wanting to join their party, said DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo. Police have not released information about the people involved or injuries sustained because the incident is under investigation. No arrests have been made, though police are working with the fraternity to identify suspects.

In addition to the two vehicle units and two bicycle units that regularly patrol the area at night, a targeted response unit made up of four officers has been monitoring the area near the SAE house since the incident, Petragallo said.

“Based on activity and crime trends, we deploy additional officers to certain areas, which beef up the patrols in those areas,” Petragallo said.

The department divides its patrols into four zones, Petragallo said. Greek Row falls under Zone One East, an area that extends from Annie Glidden Road to North First Street and from West Lincoln Highway to Rich Road.

Petragallo said although the most criminal activity tends to take place in Zone One East, physical altercations involving large crowds remain few and far between.

“It’s not uncommon for a decent-sized group of folks to travel on foot looking for parties in that neighborhood,” Petragallo said. “As far as safety is concerned in that neighborhood, we will have isolated incidents, but I don’t think that there is more of a safety threat in that neighborhood now … .”

Representatives for SAE and the Interfraternity Council did not respond to requests for comment.