Police: Man allegedly assaulted in Maclean did not know attackers

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 30, 2011 7:20 AM

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Officials said a man who was allegedly assaulted in Maclean Hall Monday did not know his assailants.

The development comes after a University of Iowa graduate teaching assistant was allegedly assaulted around 2:45 p.m. Monday, said UI police Associate Director David Visin.

According to a press release, three young men allegedly entered the man’s office, looked around, asked for his cell phone, then began assaulting him before fleeing.

Police said the alleged assault was not directed at the teaching assistant for any personal reason, and the man told officials he had never seen the men prior to the alleged incident.

Visin said the men were not successful in taking the cell phone, but the alleged victim found his phone in three pieces on the floor after the incident.

The man sustained non-serious injuries and sought medical treatment at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, Visin said.

Visin declined to divulge specific patrol changes as a result of the incident, but said UI police are “paying more attention to the area.”

Visin said the investigation is ongoing, and as of Tuesday afternoon officials had not identified a person of interest or arrested any individuals related to the alleged assault.

—by Hayley Bruce

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