Student Charged With Assault & Stalking

By: Lindsay Veremis Email
By: Lindsay Veremis Email

The student who claims he was beaten up by several members of the MSU hockey team is facing assault and other charges himself.

20-year-old Brandon Carmack was arraigned Wednesday on a felony count of making a false police report and four misdemeanors, two counts of assault and battery, one count of domestic assault and one count of stalking.

Prosecutors say it's a case of shifting the blame. While Carmack claims he was stabbed and left with broken ribs and a broken nose, they believe he was the aggressor.

"It's not uncommon for people who have been involved in criminal activity to try to deflect by mistating facts, it's common," Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings said.

Dunnings says the assaults happened in late August, during the first week of classes at MSU.

According to a Personal Protection Order filed by Carmack's ex-girlfriend, the domestic assault happened the day before.

In it, she claims she was at a gathering with her roomates, friends and members of the MSU swim team when Carmack called, intoxicated. She says he demanded to see her and barged into the house.

She says he then grabbed her by the neck and tried to choke her, until some men in the house stepped in.

Court records show, Carmack also made threats, telling her he would destroy her reputation.

During the arraignment, Carmack's attorney said her client was surprised Tuesday with a warrant. He turned himself into police Wednesday.

Responding to the allegations, his attorney told the judge there are two sides to every story. She wouldn't share that story with News 10, however. Both she, Carmack and his mother refused to comment.

Dunnings wouldn't go into detail on the case, but praised East Lansing investigators.

"This was a very messy situation," he said. "They had to diligently interview people, take their time and piece together, regardless of the sort of falsehoods that were being placed in the public domain."

Carmack has requested a preliminary hearing. He will be back in court Friday for a hearing on the restraining order.

The 20-year-old remains free on a $10,000 personal bond. The judge ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victims in the case. Carmack responded, telling the judge that won't be a problem because he is afraid of them.

Carmack has no adult record, but his attorney says he does have a juvenile conviction for arson.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Sep 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
    He looks like he got what was coming to him. If my sister's bf had his hands around her neck in front of me he would be lucky that's all he got!
  • by Name Location: Location on Sep 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM
    Dear Clueless Wonders, What if someone tried to stop him from attacking the woman and he didn't respond politely and apologetically? What if instead, he started throwing punches? What if he had his hand around her throat and was hitting her? What would you idiots do? Get out your cell phone, call 911 and film the assault while doing nothing. Frankly, I applaud the young men who stepped in. Too bad we don't have more folks like them. If they did cross the line (which I can't say that they did), then yes, there should be consequences for them as well. But at least they ACTED. In my view, Stuart Dunnings nailed it when he said {my interpretation} "Just because you get your a@# beat, doesn't mean you didn't have it coming."
  • by Name Location: Location on Sep 20, 2012 at 06:52 AM
    Reading must be really hard for people. This guy attacked another person. Yes the people who attacked him should face some charges because they clearly crossed the line in protecting the young woman, but that doesn't mean that this guy shouldn't also be charged when he was the one who instigated the fight, on top of violating a PPO, stalking, harassing and assasulting this woman.
  • by Marsha Location: lansing on Sep 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
    Even if he did the alleged things to the girl he did not deserve the beating that took place. Maybe thrown out of the house and have the police called etc.... If he put his hands on her enough to get a ppo then calling campus or EL police should have been enough.
  • by Bobby Jaan Location: East Lansing on Sep 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    What about the hockey players?? How did this guy get all beat up and no one is responsible for his injuries?? Who owns the cops in East Lansing? This will all come out in trial
  • by Johnny Raster Location: East Lansing on Sep 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
    How is it possible for a person that had this happen, Carmack's family sent News 10 pictures of their badly beaten son--- his injuries included a broken nose, broken ribs, stab wounds to his head and arm, and bruises all over his body, to be considered the attacker? The MSU Hockey players amazingly face no charges.
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