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Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 9:13 a.m.

Man reports assault on East Liberty Street

By Lee Higgins

Ann Arbor police said a man reported being assaulted Wednesday night, roughly an hour after two laptop computers and some earphones were stolen from him in a gas station parking lot.

About 8:30 p.m., the 19-year-old was walking in the 300 block of East Liberty Street when a man approached and punched him six times in the head, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said. The victim, who was with a friend at the time, had a sore jaw, but declined medical attention.

The victim told police that the man who punched him was one of seven men the victim and his friend met with an hour earlier at a gas station on South Main Street.

Police said the victim was interested in selling two laptop computers and some earphones to the men. One of the men took the items and got into a car across the street, police said. After an hour, police said, the victim realized he wasn't getting the items back, so he started walking home. That's when he was assaulted. Police said it's unclear whether the man who assaulted the victim also stole the items, which were valued at $900.

Bush said the victim's 20-year-old male friend arranged to meet with the men at the gas station.

The man who punched the victim was described as black, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 150 pounds with a medium build. He had black and tan beads in his hair, which was braided.

Anyone with information can call the police department's tip line at (734) 794-6939.



Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 6:15 p.m.

Did I lie when I said that you might as well close comments hahaha...what a bunch of maroons at!

Tony Dearing

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 4:59 p.m.

Because of the high number of inappropriate comments being posted here, commenting on this story has been closed.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 4:48 p.m.

I am still puzzled....Beaten up by a 5'9" 150 lb man when he was with his friend. The article did mention the victim and his friend were men?


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

What kind of society are we living in when I can't arrange to meet a group of strangers on the street at night to sell expensive computer equipment without fear of something going awry? That's not a world I want to live in.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 3:55 p.m.

Maybe they were Dr. Dre "Beats" headphones and that led to the "Beat"down?

Cindy Heflin

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 2:25 p.m.

Comments that violate our conversation guidelines have been removed. Here's a reminder that speculation and blaming the victim are not allowed on crime stories.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 2:09 p.m.

8:30 on the 300 block of liberty?? So this would be somewhere close to Tumokin (sp?) and Lab coffee? Did this happen in Tripper's Alley? Not going to speculate on what type of transaction was going down here but this is a pretty busy time of night on Liberty. I probably walked right by there at about 8:15 and there were plenty of people on the street. Michigan Theatre had a show, and 8:30 isn't that late. We need more police patrolling the streets, especially with Border's, Posh and This and That closed. It's not like those places (with exception to Border's brought much business) but Liberty was at least much brighter with their lights on. This is absolutely ridiculous and could happen to anyone. Forget what this guy might or might not have been trying to do, with police around, these people wouldn't even get close to the area - they met on Main St. and met on Liberty??

Roy Munson

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 2:06 p.m.

Welcome to Flint. And local business owners wonder why their business is down. It isn't all from the parking!!!


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:40 p.m.

If I was selling a laptop and met seven guys who looked like that I'd turn around and walk away. What is weird, is after stealing the laptops they tracked him down later and beat him up. Why? Maybe the laptops were running Vista and they were expecting Windows 7 Professional?