Man hospitalized after assaultDisciplinary action is being taken against four Dickinson State University students after an assault outside a local bar Saturday left a 24-year-old Halliday man hospitalized, officials say.
Disciplinary action is being taken against four Dickinson State University students after an assault outside a local bar Saturday left a 24-year-old Halliday man hospitalized, officials say.
Dominic Collie, 19, Justin Gray, 19, and Cordero Bonamy, 22, were arrested Saturday for aggravated assault after the incident, according to the Dickinson Police Department.
All three are international DSU athletes, whose visas may be in jeopardy after the incident, officials say.
The assault occurred outside Liquid Assets early Saturday morning, DPD Capt. Joe Cianni said.
“He was jumped by a number of guys and beaten pretty badly,” Cianni said of the victim. “He had serious injuries which resulted from this assault, which puts this into the felony assault range.”
Cianni did not know the victim’s condition Wednesday, but added only the Halliday resident, who officials say is not a DSU student, sustained substantial injury.
“There were some other minor injuries,” Cianni said.
Several people were involved in the altercation, but Cianni would not say how many.
“This is under investigation just due to the sheer numbers of witnesses involved and the conflicting statements that are being received,” Cianni said.
Hal Haynes, DSU vice president for student development and Cianni said they did not know what motivated the assault.
“The university has zero tolerance for violence,” Haynes said. “We expect our students to always resolve their conflicts in an appropriate and mature matter. Violence is never an option and we will never compromise on zero tolerance.”
The four DSU students involved, who Haynes did not name, will be placed on immediate disciplinary suspension or probation, Haynes said.
“Sanctions with disciplinary probation and suspension include the forfeiture of all institutional financial assistance and the privilege to participate in intercollegiate athletics or hold student leadership positions in campus clubs or organizations,” Haynes said. “The university reserves the right at any time to modify sanctions or charges wherever appropriate after the appropriate review process has taken place.”
Collie, Bonamy and Gray were listed on a 2011 DSU track roster. The roster also shows all three are from Nassau, Bahamas.
Haynes said if they are suspended, they would have to leave campus. Such action could mean they would also have to leave the country, Haynes said.
“…Their visa could be in question and they would probably lose their eligibility or probably would have several weeks to leave the country and depart for their home,” he added.
Until the review process is complete, the students would be allowed to be on campus, Haynes said, but he could not say whether the four students in questions were a danger to DSU or the public.
“At no time would DSU support compromising the safety and security of either the campus or the external community,” Haynes said.
DSU track and field head coach Pete Stanton and management at Liquid Assets declined comment.
Phone numbers for the men who were arrested are not listed.