East Lansing Police Department investigating second case of assault, student suffered broken bones, puncture wounds


Update: 1:40 p.m.: According to Fox 2 Detroit, advertising junior Brandon Carmack believes the assailants are connected to the MSU hockey team. Carmack told The State News on Thursday he did not know exactly how the assailants were tied to the team nor could he identify specific players.

Calls to the MSU athletic department were not immediately returned midday Friday.

For the second time in less than a week, the East Lansing Police Department said it is investigating an assault against an MSU student.

Advertising junior Brandon Carmack and his parents said earlier this week, a group kicked, stabbed and beat Carmack, which resulted in five stitches on his lip, staples in his head, a puncture wound on his arm, broken ribs and a broken nose. These injuries required medical attention.

Carmack was on medication during the interview, but his parents reiterated their son’s account of the incident in an email and said the people who carried out the assault “left him for dead.”

Captain Jeff Murphy of the East Lansing Police Department affirmed they are investigating the incident, which occurred around 2:30 a.m. Aug. 28 in the 600 block of Grand River Avenue, following a filed report. He did not wish to speak further about the incident nor discuss any possible suspects.

Journalism sophomore Zachary Tennen said last weekend he was the victim of a hate crime carried out by two college-aged individuals who punched him in the face and had stapled his lip and mouth. After speaking with “many witnesses,” the East Lansing Police Department said they have identified a suspect and are continuing the investigation.

Murphy said the incident does not appear to be motivated by hate as witnesses said they did not notice any Nazi or KKK gestures Tennen said were directed toward him.

Keep checking statenews.com and future editions of The State News for more on this developing story.

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