FPU assault victim has fractured skull, listed in critical condition

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 4:54PM

Rindge police confirmed Tuesday that the Franklin Pierce University student assaulted on campus over the weekend suffered a fractured skull.

Detective Rachel Malynowski said Rindge police are looking at pursuing a first degree assault charge “at a minimum” based on the “readily apparent state” of the injuries sustained by the 22-year-old student.

“There is a potential to upgrade the charge further through the investigation,” Malynowski said. “… there is an apparent primary aggressor that we will focus our attention on.”

Police were called to Franklin Pierce University’s Lakeview Townhouses on Saturday around 1:17 a.m. for the report of an unconscious male student. Malynowski said the assault took place outside near the townhouses.

The student was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Malynowski said the student’s condition has not worsened since Monday, when she said the student was in “serious” condition.

The investigation is well underway, Malynowski said, with eyewitness interviews continuing through tomorrow.

“We believe we know the answer, but we are still looking to confirm through eyewitnesses,” Malynowski said. “We would be doing a disservice if we wrapped up the investigation prematurely.”

Franklin Pierce University has launched an investigation into the incident, according to a university statement provided Monday evening by FPU Communications Director Matthew Barone.

“Following the incident, a notification was distributed to students, announcing the assault, canceling weekend social gatherings and requesting that all guests leave campus,” the statement read. “It was also determined that no additional threat existed to students or to other members of the campus community.”

The statement also said the university is working with local law enforcement to “determine responsibility and to obtain additional information about the assault.”

This is the second assault on the Franklin Pierce University campus to send someone to the hospital this school year.

On Oct. 20, a 16-year-old male visitor was sent to the hospital after he was beaten on campus. Police said his injuries required surgery.

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

Police are waiting to find out the total impact of the injuries sustained in the first assault before filing any charges, Malynowski said, as lasting impacts from injuries could escalate any charges to a higher level.

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