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February 4, 2014

Man attacked, stabbed at NMC

TRAVERSE CITY — City police seek three suspects an Indiana man said assaulted and stabbed him while he visited Northwestern Michigan College’s campus.

The victim, 35, of Indianapolis, remains in fair condition at Munson Medical Center after the Friday evening attack. Traverse City Police Capt. Jeff O’Brien said the man told officers that three men — one of whom carried a knife — confronted him while he walked from an on-campus apartment building to his car.

“He said they tried to push him into the laundry room,” O’Brien said. “The victim said he fought with all his might.”

The victim suffered two stab wounds to his lower back, had a three-inch cut across his forehead and a cut on his shoulder and complained of a rib injury. O’Brien said the victim told officers he managed to escape the assault by running out the building’s north door while the assailants went out a south door.

NMC spokesman Andy Dolan said city police officers handled the investigation and told campus security about the attack. NMC informed students about the incident Saturday morning by email.

“We just wanted them to know police were on campus investigating the incident,” Dolan said, noting federal law requires colleges and universities to disclose information about on-campus crimes.

About 70 students live in NMC’s on-campus apartments. O’Brien said the victim was visiting a friend who lived in the building on the southeast corner of NMC’s campus.

The victim told officers one of the three male suspects wore a blue-hooded sweatshirt. Police officers haven’t identified any suspects or been able to locate the knife used in the attack.

Members of the public with information on the case are asked to contact Traverse City police investigators at 947-8477.

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