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WSU professor seriously injured in altercation

On March 30, 2013, WSU professor David Warner received severe head injuries after he tried to break up a fight, but he was hit and fell to the ground in a parking lot outside of Adams Mall on College Hill in Pullman. Four students have been arrested in the case. Police believe Warner was drinking with a friend on the night of the assault, and that he and his friend got into a verbal altercation at a bar that escalated outside. Warner reportedly intervened to try to prevent a fight between the students and his friend, but he was punched and fell to the ground.

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SEATTLE — Two more men suspected of having been at a fight that left WSU teacher David Warner seriously injured surrendered to police in Pullman Friday.

Robert Bean, 22, of Mukilteo, and John “Matt” Cabanos-Soriano, 22, of Everett, made their first appearance in front of a Whitman County judge Friday and were released without bail.

They join two others — Joshua Nantz, 23, and Madeline Fouts, 21 – who have been arrested  in connection with a fight that left Warner hospitalized with serious injuries.

The fight wasn’t caught on surveillance cameras, but police said a surveillance video shows the suspects leaving the scene immediately afterward. Once police released the video, tips started pouring in.

And that’s when an anonymous letter identified Fouts in the surveillance video, which spurred police to connect her to Nantz, Cabanos-Soriano and Bean.

“We now have been able to identify all of the principal parties involved, and that was a huge step forward in the investigation,” Whitman County prosecutor Bill Druffel  said. “And when we made that contact through testimony of some of the suspects themselves, and people close to those individuals, we`ve been able to get a better idea, at least from their standpoint, about what happened that night.”

Warner and a friend got into a verbal altercation with college-age students March 30 at a Pullman bar that escalated outside. Warner allegedly stepped in to prevent a fight between his friend and the students when he was hit. Warner has been hospitalized since the fight; his friends are cautiously optimistic about his recovery.

It will be up to the prosecutor to determine what charges the four will ultimately face.

SEATTLE — Pullman police have arrested two Washington State University students in connection with an assault that seriously injured a WSU professor March 30. A search is on for two more suspects, police said Thursday.

Professor David Warner, 41, has been in Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane with head injuries since the incident nearly two weeks ago. Warner’s family posted on Facebook Thursday that Warner is improving, that he is awake and sitting up.

Police said  anonymous tips led to the arrests of students Madeline Fouts, 21, of Snohomish, and Joshua Nantz, 22, of Mukilteo.

Nantz is charged with first-degree assault and Fouts faces charges or providing criminal assistance and providing false names to police.

“Upon initial contact, she (Fouts)  was being less than cooperative with us and she was providing false information to us, which we have since been able to discredit,” said Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins.

“We have not arrested her for assault. So at this point in the investigation, it appears that she was with the other suspects and she did render some assistance to the suspects that were involved in the assault.”

Fouts was released from police custody but investigators are still looking for two more suspects caught on surveillance cameras. There’s a $10,000 reward for information leading to those arrests.

According to The Spokesman-Review, Warner received severe head injuries after he tried to break up a fight in a parking lot outside of Adams Mall on College Hill in Pullman.

The newspaper said police believe Warner was drinking the night of the assault, but his blood-alcohol levels have not been released. The attack happened shortly after last call at local bars.

The Spokesman-Review said Warner reportedly intervened in an argument between one of his friends and a group of college-age people, but he was punched and fell to the ground.

Jenkins told the newspaper that Warner’s friend could not remember the moments leading up to the fight or why  punches were thrown, and that investigators believe alcohol was a factor for the lack of memory.

Warner teaches in the WSU Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies.

WitnessesPULLMAN, Wash. — Police are looking for suspects in a brutal beating that left a Washington State University faculty member unconscious with a serious head injury Saturday morning in Pullman.

Police officers responded to calls of an unconscious male with a bad head injury around 1:55 a.m. in the 600 block of NE Colorado Street in Pullman, police reported. The victim, identified as David Warner, was transported to the Pullman Regional Hospital and later taken to the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. His condition on Sunday afternoon was unknown.

Warner, 41, was walking with a 31-year-old man when he was attacked, police said. According to the Washington State University website, Warner is a Ph.D. in American Studies and researches American Indian tribal sovereignty. He is teaching multiple courses in the spring quarter.

Police believe there were a number of witnesses and potential suspects in the assault. Police posted multiple photos, including possible persons of interests, possible witnesses and the victim in the case on a police website. People who may have witnessed the attack are asked to visit to view pictures following the event.

If you recognize anyone, contact the Pullman Police Department at (509) 334-0802.