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Student Hospitalized after Early Morning Assault

Attacked near South Campus


A male BU student, identified in an interview with WCVB-TV as Michael Stinnett, a Navy veteran, was allegedly attacked by three people at the corner of Beacon Street and Park Drive at 2:50 a.m. Saturday morning. The Boston Globe reports that Stinnett (CAS’16) told his brother that a car sped by, missing him by inches. When Stinnett yelled at the driver to slow down, the car stopped, three men got out, punched and kicked him, and then fled in the vehicle.

BU spokesperson Colin Riley says the 27-year-old Stinnett lives on South Campus. Boston Police spokesperson Nicole Grant says he was brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries before being released. The incident is being investigated by the Boston Police, with assistance from the BU Police. No arrests have been made.

Art Jahnke

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.

12 Comments on Student Hospitalized after Early Morning Assault

  • Lisa on 09.09.2013 at 10:00 am

    The university should have done a better job at notifying students about this and being more specific. The email stated to there was a strong police presence around Kenmore Square. Considering that this was on-campus and many students were coming back to their apartments after a night out to this area, more should have been done to make everyone aware of the situation immediately instead of hearing what happened from local news channels.

    • Concerned on 09.09.2013 at 12:05 pm

      Why didn’t we get an alert about this specific incident? That is completely ridiculous. I live in South and was out at night over the weekend and never received any alert that an attack took place one block away from me.

  • anon on 09.09.2013 at 12:15 pm

    Why are there no descriptions of the suspects?

    • kram on 09.09.2013 at 1:20 pm

      See the Daily Free Press for a more detailed version.

  • Meredith on 09.09.2013 at 12:57 pm

    Don’t want to blame the victim, and I’m not, but students (and everyone really) need to be advised, especially at that hour, not to mess with thugs. Meaning anyone who would barely sideswipe someone is already a dangerous person, and can be enraged at the slightest provocation. Sad commentary on humanity.

    • kc on 09.09.2013 at 6:27 pm

      FYI he did not provoke anyone he was purely crossing the street. it’s not his fault in any way, shape or form.

    • kate on 09.09.2013 at 10:22 pm

      the news reports are getting it wrong. mike did not yell at any cars. that being said, even if he had, that does not merit being violently attacked. he was kicked in the head multiple times with a brain bleed. this was not his fault.

  • Not Going to Blame BU for Everything on 09.09.2013 at 2:39 pm

    ^ Maybe because it happened at 3am. >.<

    • kc on 09.09.2013 at 6:28 pm

      people are out much later than 3 am. alerts are still necessary.

      • responding on 09.10.2013 at 1:22 pm

        How do you even predict about an attack like this? Are BUPD supposed to know that there are thugs driving through the campus?? We can’t blame such thing because we were never alerted by it…
        Also after if happens… you can’t always expect something happened and be known to the students right after the event occurred… There’s a process to all this.
        It is student’s (I am a BU student) responsibility to be careful or walk in groups!

        • Matt on 09.10.2013 at 11:26 pm

          We pay BU over $50,000 a year. There’s no excuse for this to happen to their students on their campus, especially the first week of school. Is this their first rodeo? They didn’t think to have extra security until kids settle in? This is expected to happen in Southie, not on campus at BU, let alone any school.

        • kate on 09.11.2013 at 12:46 am

          i never said anyone should have predicted it. i’m saying after it happened and the bupd was notified of it, they should have sent out alerts that an incident happened at that intersection. i’m not blaming anyone for anything. i’m saying after the fact, the bupd needs to make sure the community is aware that this happened on our own campus. case closed.

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