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Five women arrested in connection with brutal E.L. beating

May 13, 2015

The five women wanted for their alleged connection to the brutal baseball bat attack on an East Lansing woman and MSU student on March 6 have have been arrested, according to a press release by the U.S. Marshals Service. The women are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Four of the women — Chinonye Sky Nwangwu, 18, Paris Jeanine-Renee Strickland, 19, Tierra Desree Hubbard, 19, and Brittani Shonta Barber-Gribble, 19 — were found and arrested in Detroit on Tuesday while a fifth suspect, Madison Reed, 19, was arrested on Monday in Detroit.

According to the press release, all five suspects are accused of luring the East Lansing woman out of her Spartan Village apartment on March 6, then beating her by punching, kicking and hitting her with a baseball bat. The victim was able to escape her attackers and return to her apartment. 

The five female suspects also stole the victim's cell phone and vandalized her vehicle. The motive for the crime is unknown at this point.

MSU Police detectives investigated the case and identified all five suspects and obtained arrest warrants for them in early May, the U.S. Marshals Service press release says.

Soon after the warrants were issued, the joint Marshals/Michigan State Police Lansing Area Fugitive Task Force were able to determine where the five suspects were living and on May 11 and 12, Deputy Marshals and officers from the U.S. Marshals Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team in Detroit made the arrests.

The five women have been brought to the Ingham County Jail in Mason, Mich. where they will await court appearances on their pending felony charges.

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