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UT Tyler student assaulted, 3 suspects sought

Released by the University of Texas at Tyler:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Authorities are searching for three suspects in connection with the assault of a UT Tyler student.

At around 10:00 pm, Thursday, a UT Tyler student was assaulted while walking near the fountain in front of the Cowan Center. The victim stated that he observed 3 young black males, approximately late teens to early 20's, standing nearby. He stated that one of the black males asked him for a cigarette to which he replied he did not have any. At that point, the victim states that the black males approached him and began striking him in his head with their fists. The victim states that he began running from the 3 black males and they stopped pursuing him. He then went to his residence and notified the University Police.

The victim came to the police department to provide a statement. The investigating officer observed redness and slight swelling in the area around the victim's ear. At this time, the motive for the attack is unknown. The victim stated that he had no previous encounters with these subjects.

Officers were able to verify through video evidence that the victim was approached and pursued by 3 black males at the fountain in front of the Cowan Center.

Clothing description on the suspects are as follows:

(1) Gray pants with navy or black shirt, white or light colored tennis shoes

(2) Red pants, dark shirt or jacket with possible horizontal stripes, white tennis shoes

(3) Dark or black pants, dark shirt, white tennis shoes

The victim in this case did not seek medical attention and his injuries do not appear serious. Officers are continuing to search the area for the suspects.

Students, staff, and faculty are advised to be observant and aware of their surroundings. If possible, walk with a friend or in a group. Report any suspicious persons or activity immediately to the University Police Department by dialing (903) 566-7300 or by dialing 9-1-1.

Anyone with information concerning this crime, please contact University Police.


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