University of Michigan student who was assaulted with beer bottle suffers from vision loss
The father of the 18-year-old University of Michigan student who was assaulted at a South Fifth Avenue bar says his son has suffered vision loss.
The victim was injured at about 12:20 a.m. Friday after a rival fraternity member hit him in the face with a beer bottle at The Fifth Quarter, Ann Arbor police said.
The 18-year-old victim, who had a gash on his face and cut on his arm, was taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital, police said.
The victim's father said his son has suffered from vision loss in his right eye, which may be permanent. He asked that his name be withheld so as not to identify his son.
"We're not sure if the doctors will be able to restore (his vision)," the victim's father said. "He's having his second surgery today."
He says his son is scared at the prospect of possibly losing his vision, but the family remains hopeful.
Detectives are investigating the assault, but no arrests have been made, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said Friday.
According to police, the victim was at the bar when a rival fraternity member called him a homophobic slur. The victim informed the president of his fraternity, and another rival fraternity member hit him with the bottle and left the bar, police said.
Bar management told police no staff members witnessed the assault, Bush said.
The assailant was described as white, 18 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 150 pounds, police said. He was wearing a white shirt, police said.
The victim's father said the assault was "totally unprovoked," and he urged the assailant to come forward.
"Anything we can do to encourage this kid to come forward," he said. "I don't want to ruin his life, but he's got to take responsibility for his actions."
Anyone with information can call the police department's tip line at (734) 794-6939 or contact Detective Dave Monroe directly at (734) 794-6930, ext. 49308.