FPU student in serious condition after on-campus assault Saturday

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, December 03, 2018 1:40PM

A Franklin Pierce University student is in serious condition after being assaulted on campus over the weekend.

Police, along with Rindge Rescue and Jaffrey Ambulance, responded to the Franklin Pierce campus on Saturday at 1:17 a.m. for the report of an unconscious male, Rindge Police Department said in a press release Monday.

A 22-year-old student had sustained a serious head injury and was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, police said.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Rindge Police Detective Rachel Malynowski said Monday afternoon. “Multiple prospective witness interviews are being conducted.”

Malynowski said the victim remains in serious condition.

Saturday’s assault on the Franklin Pierce University campus is not connected to a prior assault that occurred there on Oct. 20 in which a 16-year-old male visitor was beaten so badly his injuries required surgery.

“They are completely unrelated, except for being on the campus,” Malynowski said.

Rindge police have not filed charges in connection to the first assault at this time. Police are waiting to to find out the total impact of the injuries sustained by the minor before determining charges.

Malynowski said the initial injuries, plus any lasting impact from those injuries, could be factored into a decision on charges.

Any witnesses to this weekend’s incident are encouraged to contact Malynowski at the department via Cheshire County dispatch at (603) 355-2000.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.