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Posted on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 10:19 a.m.

Ann Arbor police: 17-year-old assaulted over money and cigarettes

By John Counts

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An Ann Arbor teen was listening to a band play in the 300 block of East Liberty Street Sunday night when he was attacked by another man, police said.

The 17-year-old was sitting down in the area around 8:25 p.m. when he was struck in the head with a blunt object, witnesses told police.

The suspect, a 27-year-old Ann Arbor man, fled. The 17-year-old was taken to University of Michigan Hospital with head injuries, according to Ann Arbor police.

"Apparently, the victim and suspect had an altercation earlier in the day over money and cigarettes," police said in a release.

No further information was immediately available.

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Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:15 p.m.

talk about your Smoking Cessation Programs.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 6:02 p.m.

They could just assign a cop to camp out at Liberty Plaza, where help would be only a radio message away should he find himself in danger of being overrun.

Jaime Magiera

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.

nowayjose, you will mostly see people sitting around and relaxing, listening to jazz on a boombox (which was awesome to hear as I passed the other night), playing chess, eating lunch, etc. Do you think someone is going to "use crack openly" or urinate in front of you while sitting there? Chances are not. As I said before, if you want to change the vibe of a public park, spend some time there.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:53 a.m.

Liberty Plaza isn't "random." It could be a lovely focal point and gathering spot for downtown visitors. I got voted down for suggesting this in the last article. Violence isn't the only reason people don't feel comfortable.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 11:05 p.m.

Jaime, you will also see is people using crack openly, drinking and openly urinating. So a low number of violent assaults doesn't make it any more of a desirable place to visit.

Jaime Magiera

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 10:33 p.m.

If you remember the article several weeks ago, Liberty Plaza has had practically no violent assaults recently. So, trying to play the "Oh No Liberty Plaza is Evil" game doesn't really hold water. If you look at stories elsewhere on, you'll see assaults in other random places as well.


Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

Maybe the mayor and city council could set up a satellite office in the plaza. They could then meet, greet and mitigate patron disagreements.

Linda Peck

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 3:07 p.m.

Is the 300 block a euphemism for Liberty Plaza?

Linda Peck

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

I am sorry to not have expressed my concern for the boy who was hurt. Truly, I am sorry this happened and he is so very young. I hope he heals and then I hope he stays away from the 300 block.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 3:47 p.m.

be nice

John Counts

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 3:23 p.m.

Police weren't immediately available to comment further about the exact location of the incident Monday morning. The block number is all that was released.