ASU student unable to return after assault; 2 men sought


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 28 at 6:21 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Silent Witness is offering a reward for information about an aggravated assault that happened outside a fast-food restaurant in downtown Tempe.

Police said an Arizona State University student was assaulted in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box near Mill Avenue and University Drive at about 3:15 a.m. on May 20.

The suspect punched the 22-year-old man in the face, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement.

The victim sustained skull fractures as well as swelling and bleeding on the brain. 

A person of interest was with the suspect and was also seen walking to the victim as he was lying unconscious on the pavement, according to Silent Witness Sgt. Darren Burch.

The victim is now living out of state with his family. His mother said that due to the serious injury her son sustained, he will be unable to return to school.

She told Silent Witness that "this attack has turned our world upside down."

The suspect is described as a white male, in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build and dark hair. He was wearing a gray or dark shirt and dark jeans at the time of the assault.

The person of interest is described as a white male, in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build and "mop top"-style hair. He was seen wearing a maroon shirt and jeans.

Police have released surveillance video and photos of the suspect and person of interest from inside the restaurant immediately prior to the assault.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in the case.