Violence surges over weekend
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 00:02
Three separate assaults occurred Sunday.
Around 1:20 a.m. a female student walked outside during a party at 521 S. Poplar St. and was suddenly attacked by an unknown male. He used her purse strap to choke her and hit her in the face.
He proceeded to command her to be quiet and dragged her to a nearby field 20 yards away. Before he could inflict any more harm on her, he was startled by a moving deer and fled. She obtained contusions and abrasions on her forehead. Oxford police are currently looking into one person of interest.
Later that night around 2:35 a.m. officers responded to a reported assault in the alleyway between Mac and Joe's Restaurant and Saloon and CJ's Bar. They met with the victim outside of Brick Street Bar and Grill and noticed he had a bloodied lip.
The victim said after he left MIA Bar he walked north through the alley towards High Street when three men jumped him.
The victim said the men claimed they were members of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and were attacking him because the male was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. The victim had his head pounded into the ground and then the three men fled. The Oxford Police Department currently has one suspect.
Around 1 a.m., a female reported an assault that occurred in Brick Street Bar and Grill. The victim claimed that while she was in the dance floor area, another female punched her in the head and ran. The victim apparently knew her attacker Junior Anne Absher and chose not to press charges.
Absher was arrested later that morning after parking her car illegally in front of Brick Street and running a red light. Absher was charged with counts of two OVI.