TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, April 1, 2004
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Assault suspects identified by investigators
Two students hurt in an incident at Eagle Mountain Lake have decided they will press charges.


By Julia Mae Jorgensen
Staff Reporter


The suspects in the alleged assault of two students during Spring Break at an Eagle Mountain Lake campground have been identified by investigators, the Tarrant Country Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

Investigator Micheal Hargis said the names and number of assailants could not be released because it is an open investigation. The suspects in the incident were identified “by other means,” Hargis said. He declined to elaborate.

“Suspects have been developed,” Hargis said. “They have been identified and statements have been taken.”

Hargis said he has taken statements from the suspects, victims and witnesses. The investigation could be complete by the end of next week, he said.

Five students, two American and three international, were camping next to a group of young adults March 20 they had befriended when something “went south” during the course of the night, Associate Dean of Campus Life Mike Russel said last week.

According to a Sheriff’s department incident report, the victims, Marlin Gusman, 19, and Rajvikram Singh Deo, 20, originally did not want to pursue charges because they said they would not be able to identify who assaulted them. University officials have said they believe the incident may be racially motivated.

“They changed their mind about pursuing charges,” Hargis said. “They were initially so shocked they just wanted to leave the campground.”

Singh Deo said he did not want to press charges because he was confused.
“I guess we were not used to the whole American police thing,” Singh Deo said, “and that made us uncomfortable.”

Hargis also said he could not comment on any specific injuries the victims sustained. Pictures of the victim’s injuries were not taken, Hargis said.

“No pictures were taken of the injuries because they didn’t want to press charges,” Hargis said.

Singh Deo said his injuries were “primarily facial” and that he was not sure about Gusman’s injuries.
 
 
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