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Posted on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 12:04 p.m.

Man loses tooth during fight on Ann Arbor's East Liberty Street

By Kyle Feldscher

A 29-year-old Owosso man had a tooth knocked out early Sunday morning after three men jumped him following a late night argument on East Liberty Street.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said the man and his girlfriend were walking westbound on East Liberty Street across Maynard Street when they were almost hit by a van. The Owosso man threw up his hands and yelled at the driver and the couple continued walking, Bush said.

Suddenly, the van stopped and three men got out of the vehicle and approached the couple, Bush said. The men were having a heated argument and using some choice language, according to Bush.

The men went back to the van, but one of them continued to yell at the man, Bush said.

The Owosso man was then floored by a strike from one of the suspects who “came out of nowhere,” Bush said. All three men struck the Owosso man while he was on the ground before jumping back in the van and driving westbound on East Liberty Street, she said.

The Owosso man lost a tooth in the scrum but refused medical attention, Bush said. His girlfriend was unharmed.

Police are still investigating the fight and only have a vague description of the men — two white men and one black man, Bush said. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police department's anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939.

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Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 7:35 p.m.

scrum ? ?/skr?m/ Show Spelled [skruhm] Show IPA noun, verb, scrummed, scrum·ming. noun Definition of SCRUM 1 a or scrum·mage \?skr?-mij\ : a rugby play in which the forwards of each side come together in a tight formation and struggle to gain possession of the ball using their feet when it is tossed in among them; also : the arrangement of players in a scrum b : a usually brief and disorderly struggle or fight : scrape, scuffle 2 a British : madhouse 2 b : a usually tightly packed or disorderly crowd : throng — scrummage intransitive verb See scrum defined for English-language learners » Examples of SCRUM 1. 2. Origin of SCRUM short for scrummage, alteration of scrimmage First Known Use: 1857 Related to SCRUM Synonyms: army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, crowd, swarm, throng


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 7:12 p.m.

"choice language", "floored by a strike", "lost a tooth in the scrum" Just doesn't sound like a journalist's account somehow. And yeah, what is a "scrum"?

Berda Green

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

hott mess


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 6:58 p.m.

@CPS, I agree, for all we know it could have been the A Team


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

I lol'd at that sure my comment will get deleted though.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

If looking for witnesses, it would be helpful to detail the time of the assault, the color of the van, whether or not it was a full-size van or a minivan, and perhaps the approximate age of the alleged perpetrators? Any details besides "a van," and " two white men and one black man...."

Dog Guy

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

The description is more of a gang assault than of a "fight."


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 5:57 p.m.

"The Owosso man lost a tooth in the scrum but refused medical attention, Bush said. His girlfriend was unharmed." I just want to know what a "scrum" is?


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 7:07 p.m.

It's the way play is resumed in rugby after a penalty. Quite similar to when a play is started in football, but is actually less chaotic and dangerous because the two teams start closer together and have a specific location where all their parts should be going. It would actually be incredibly difficult to lose a tooth in a scrum.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 4:33 p.m.

Well, props for keepin' it real I guess.....but that time it went wrong.