Four people assaulted near UWO campus

Four people were assaulted this last weekend in three separate instances within a half hour, according to Oshkosh Police Department.

“In the three reported incidents the victims were approached by a group of three to five African-American males and were punched multiple times in the face.” The Oshkosh PD media release stated. “The victims are three males and one female between the ages of 20 to 22.”

In one of the instances, two UW Oshkosh students, one male and one female, were assaulted on Wisconsin Street as they were walking home Saturday morning. Both students requested their names not be used.

Three men approached the victims near the intersection of Wisconsin Street and Lincoln Avenue and struck both students on the head.

The three men approached the male student and initially asked for his Snapchat, so the student handed one of the men his phone. As the student put the phone back into his pocket, one of the perpetrators struck him in the face, and the other two started assaulting him, hitting him in the head.

“They kept punching me,” the male student said. “It happened pretty quick. I was able to get them off me, but not quick enough.”

By the time he was free, he witnessed the female student get hit, go limp and fall straight to the ground. The three men vanished shortly after.

“He just punched her straight in the jaw and knocked her out,” the male student said. “I had to carry her off the road as the three men ran away.”

The female student was taken to the hospital shortly after and was diagnosed with a concussion and a brain bleed.
The assault was one of a series of assaults and robberies that occurred last weekend within a one-block radius of the intersection between Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street.

Oshkosh Police Department officials said they believe the series of assaults that occurred between 1:14 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. on Sept. 8 are related.

In the first assault, the suspects followed one person and began to assault him, leaving him with minor injuries. In the second situation, the suspects approached the victim in a similar manner. In this situation, they assaulted the victim and also took his wallet.

Oshkosh PD is working with UW Oshkosh Police Department in this investigation. Currently there are no suspects in custody.