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Police charge four suspects with assault after TWC fight

Princeton Borough Police arrested and charged four suspects in the attack that occurred early Sunday morning outside the Third World Center. According to a Borough Police Department press release, two University students were injured.

The four suspects, none of whom are affiliated with the University, have been charged with aggravated assault. Julio Valdivieso-Newton, a 20-year-old student from Somerset, was charged with possession of a weapon – a wooden cane. Another suspect is Justin Henderson, a 20-year-old student from the town of Princeton.


The other two suspects are Marshawn Ferguson, a 20-year-old man from New Brunswick, and 19-year-old Richard Wright from the town of Princeton. Ferguson is currently unemployed, and Wright is a food worker.

The Borough Police and Public Safety responded almost immediately to reports of a fight in progress Sunday morning. Public Safety arrived slightly later than the Borough Police.

The altercation occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m. during a party at the TWC held by the Black Men's Awareness Group.

The party was open not only to University students but to all college students. However, witnesses say it is possible that some of the people at the party were not college students.

One of the students who was injured in the assault was Mathey College MAA Chris Poindexter '99. He plans to leave McCosh Health Center some time today.

"I'm doing all right. . . . They've mainly just been observing me today. I probably could have left today," Poindexter said yesterday. He was released from Princeton Medical Center Sunday morning and has been recovering from his injuries in McCosh.


Public Safety and the Borough Police would not release the name of the other injured student, but said that he sustained only superficial injuries and was treated and released shortly afterwards.

Both victims were taken from the scene of the assault to the emergency room at PMC.

The Borough Police arrested the four suspects after conducting a brief investigation.

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