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E.L. sees weekend violence, car chase

October 4, 2000

A 24-year-old man from Livonia is in stable but critical condition at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital after being assaulted early Sunday outside an East Lansing establishment.

Brandon D’Annunzio is suffering from severe head trauma with a fractured skull and has a blood clot in his brain, said friend Jennifer Martino, an MSU alumna.

He is being treated for his injuries in Sparrow’s Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

D’Annunzio is not an MSU student, but Martino said he had been in East Lansing for a friend’s bachelor party at BW-3, 220 M.A.C. Ave., Saturday night. When he left the bar he was assaulted by an unknown suspect.

East Lansing police responded to a call of a fight outside the bar at approximately 12:40 a.m. and found D’Annunzio lying on the sidewalk alone. One witness reported that a white male about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and 195 pounds with shoulder-length brown hair assaulted D’Annunzio.

The suspect was last seen wearing a black leather jacket and was seen with four other males and a white female. The woman is described as having long brown hair and was last seen wearing a jacket with orange or yellow lettering.

Anyone with information on the attack is asked to contact the East Lansing Police Department at 337-2599 or at 1-877-ELPD-TIP.

Unrelated to Saturday night’s attack, three individuals were arrested following a brief police chase in a stolen car late Monday night. The suspects took an East Lansing police officer on a chase through East Lansing into Lansing.

At approximately 11:45 p.m., East Lansing police received a call that several individuals were trying to steal a car at 1875 West Shore Drive in East Lansing. When officers reached the house they discovered the suspects had punched out the car’s ignition system during the theft attempt, but the owner of the car had chased the two suspects from his vehicle.

Shortly after leaving the scene, Officer Barb Krouse saw the car speeding away from the same area on West Shore Drive traveling southbound on Coolidge Road, police said.

“It appears that after the failed attempt to steal the vehicle, the individuals were successful in their second attempt and were stopped in the stolen vehicle,” East Lansing police Sgt. Ray Helman said.

Krouse attempted to pull the vehicle over without success and a chase ensued into the city of Lansing, ending at 817 Cleveland St. One individual was able to get away by foot and the other two were arrested at the scene, police said. The third person was arrested a short while later.

All three individuals are being held on charges of attempted theft of a vehicle, theft of a vehicle and other charges, police said.

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