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Posted on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 : 3:55 p.m.

Assault sends man to hospital on New Year's Eve in Ann Arbor

By John Counts

A 23-year-old Pontiac man was taken to the hospital after he was assaulted while walking in the area of South State Street and East William Street in Ann Arbor in the early morning hours of New Year's Day, police said.

Ann Arbor police were dispatched to the area around 3:10 a.m. The man said he was walking with other another man in the area when he was assaulted from behind, police said.

The 23-year-old man suffered a cut and a large knot on his head. Huron Valley Ambulance transported him to the University of Michigan Hospital, police said.

Police said there are two suspects in the assault. One was described as a large white man wearing a white jacket. The other was described as a white man of average build wearing a black North Face jacket.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the AAPD Detective Bureau at (734) 794-6930.

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Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 4:28 a.m.

Wow, Ypsi's becoming safer than A2


Wed, Jan 2, 2013 : 11:52 p.m.

White person in a North Face jacket? That narrows it down to 80% of the downtown population...


Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 12:19 p.m.

:-) Who're the remaining 20% - the ones wearing coats from M Den? (pretty sure that's right, ho-ho).


Wed, Jan 2, 2013 : 9:29 p.m.

The victim's from out of town. He can be excused for going anywhere near the UM Diag 40 minutes after the 62-odd campus area bars have to let the cash registers finally cool down. The night's flotsam, always poorer and often angrier than when they started the evening, are ejected into the night virtually simultaneously. Many of them seem not bound for glory.


Wed, Jan 2, 2013 : 9:28 p.m.

Is it just me or does it seem that someone is assaulted every night in Ann Arbor now. Or is it just that it is being reported on now more than before. Are young people more violent than before? If so, why? I would like to think of my hometown as a safe place, but I can't. I'm even hesitant to volunteer to usher anymore.


Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 12:15 p.m.

Just had my 68th birthday, meaning I've lived in or near A2 ~38 years. To me, it's always seemed mostly safe. But several experiences taught me: you never know. Rather than thinking "Ann Arbor is safe" I've taken the view that it's in my interest to be sure that I'm SAFER THAN AVERAGE. There are, you know, tips for how to avoid being mugged (assaulted, robbed, home-invaded, etc.).


Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 5:12 a.m.

126 in 2011. Lowest its been in a decade. Down from a high of 226 in 06. Safer is the fact.


Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 3:39 a.m.

I'll stay in Ypsi.


Wed, Jan 2, 2013 : 10:48 p.m.

An assault everyday was always the norm , they report more now since we have way more assults..maybe 5 a day one makes the news.

Robert Granville

Wed, Jan 2, 2013 : 10:41 p.m.

It's just you and your confirmation bias failing to take note of nights in Ann Arbor that end without someone being assaulted.