Saturday, April 13, 2013

Four Suspects Identified In Beating of Washington State Professor

Posted By on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Two more men—bringing the total number of suspects to four—have turned themselves in to law enforcement in connection with the March 30 beating of a Washington State University professor.

David Warner, a 41-year-old professor of ethnic studies, was severely beaten in a parking lot of the Adams Mall in Pullman, Wash. Eyewitnesses said Warner was trying to break up a fight when he became the victim. Warner had been in critical condition for nearly two weeks in a Spokane intensive care unit, but doctors at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center on Thursday upgraded his condition to serious.

An anonymous tip led detectives to two WSU students, 21-year-old Madeline Fouts and 23-year-old Joshua Nantz on April 10, and on Friday two western Washington men, 22-year-old John Cabanos-Soriano and 22-year-old Robert Bean, turned themselves in and were booked on first-degree assault charges. Law enforcement said the four suspects are acquaintances, though only Nantz and Fouts are WSU students.

Police said one of the suspects allegedly punched Warner and another two tackled him to the ground. A fourth was an alleged witness.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Nantz, Bean and Cabanos-Soriano have been released from jail and investigators are gathering evidence before formal charges can be filed. Fouts, the alleged witness, was released earlier this week after revealing to detectives names of the other suspects.

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