Arrest Made in Northgate Death of Rice Basketball Player

By: Pachatta Pope & Steve Fullhart Email
By: Pachatta Pope & Steve Fullhart Email

An arrest has been made in the stabbing of twin brothers following an early morning bar fight at Northgate. That fight left a Rice University basketball player dead.

At 3 p.m., College Station police say they arrested Ronald Johnson Jr, 23, from College Station and charged him with murder. He spent the night at College Station jail awaiting transport to Brazos County Jail.

Authorities say a fight broke out at the V Bar on College Main about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. The twin brothers and those involved in the altercation were apparently asked to leave the bar. The fight continued outside, where Jonathan and Janson Bailey, both 22, were stabbed.

Both were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center, where Jonathan was pronounced dead. His brother, Janson, is being treated for multiple stab wounds and is listed in fair condition.

Jonathan was a junior at Rice in the Sid Richardson College, one of the school's nine "residential colleges." He was a walk-on to the Owls' basketball team, according to a university press release, having transferred from Texas State University.

"Obviously, we are shocked at this tragedy," Rice men's basketball coach Willis Wilson said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jonathan's family. Every member of our athletics community is grieving at the loss of a teammate and a friend."

Janson was a former student at Texas A&M, but was most recently taking classes at Blinn.

Family members at St. Joseph would not comment.

CSPD officials say additional charges and arrests are possible in connection with the murder.

Students on Northgate Thursday evening reacted with shock to the incident.

"Everybody's seen fights every-once-in-a-while, but not this," said Aggie Dillon Michalk. "I would not expect that at all."

"A&M's got the reputation of not being a place where there's a bunch of crime going on, especially a murder," said Chris Hsiao, another student. "It's definitely unexpected, and I can't believe this even happened near the A&M campus.


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