MSU Student Found Downtown with Head Injury. Possibly Assaulted.

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Police are trying to figure out what happened to a Michigan State University student, found outside with a severe head injury this weekend.

East Lansing officers discovered the 20-year-old man around 8:00 a.m. Sunday laying in downtown parking lot, between PT O'Malley's Bar and The Riv.

He was was rushed to Sparrow Hospital for surgery. Police are hoping someone from the community may have seen what happened.

"He was unable to communicate with us at the time and still has been, we're waiting for him to recover some," Sergeant James Phelps with ELPD said. "We're investigating it as a possible assault, it could also have been from him falling."

Investigators have talked with the man's doctor, but Phelps says his injuries haven't allowed police to rule out either possiblity.

"We also tried to locate friends of his," Phelps added.

Police found some, but none could say how the man was injured. Investigators believe he was hurt sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Sunday. They say alcohol could be a factor.

According to police, assaults aren't increasing near Michigan State, but officers are seeing a growing trend of out-of-towners driving to East Lansing to prey on students.

"Stealing cell phones from people, basically getting people that aren't paying attention to their surroundings," Phelps explained.

"Going around campus it's like I kind of want to know I'm safe and hearing about this just changes the whole environment really," student John Twedt said.

Students are getting hit at night when they're drunk, officers say. At other times, it's thieves slipping into homes when doors are left unlocked.

"We have caught some people doing this and obviously there's others still out doing it," Phelps added.

Officers say many of the suspects are coming from the Detroit and Flint areas and many have been arrested before.

Police are asking anyone with information about the Sunday incident to call their non-emergency line 517-351-4220.

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