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Police arrest 4 in Wednesday assault at UM in Ann Arbor

Charles E. Ramirez, and Mark Hicks

Police have arrested four suspects in the alleged assault Wednesday of two people on the University’s of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.

The suspects were arrested at 10 p.m. Wednesday, officials with the university’s Division of Public Safety and Security said in a statement Thursday.

One suspect is described as a white female, about 5-foot-2, 18-24 years old, with a medium build and blond hair. She was last seen barefoot and wearing a black tank top over dark-colored shorts.

Diane Brown, a spokeswoman for the division, said none of the four suspects are students at the university.

Two of the suspects are in jail, the third was wanted for charges unrelated to the attack and turned over to another law enforcement agency while the fourth was released pending authorization of a warrant, officials said.

Brown said the two suspects the division has in custody are the two pictured in photos it released Wednesday.

She added the suspects could be formally charged as soon as Friday.

Police said the attack happened at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when a female student walking near West Hall Arch in the 1000 block South University was approached by two women. The women approached the student and started punching her.

A male bicyclist tried to intervene but was confronted by two males, authorities said. One of the males approached the bicyclist from behind and knocked him unconscious, according to police. One of the female suspects then kicked the unconscious victim in the head.

The bicyclist was taken to a hospital, Brown said. The division is not releasing information on the man's condition, she said.

After the assault, all four suspects fled northwest into the Diag, officials said.

The third suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-10, with a heavy-set build, short black hair, a goatee and mustache. He was last seen wearing a large black T-shirt, dark shorts and bright pink athletic shoes.