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November 18, 2013

Four face charges in MSU incident

Two suspects charged, two others at large Monday


That detective later learned the assault was retaliation for a drug-related robbery that had happened the night before. When the detective confronted Diamond about what he had been told, Diamond allegedly admitted that he, Beck and another man had arranged to buy $80 worth of marijuana the night before. He said they took the marijuana without paying for it because the person selling it provided an amount that wasn't worth the money, the complaint said.

Brown also was asked about the report of a drug deal. He allegedly told a police officer he had received a text from Beck, who he didn't know at the time, at about 7 p.m. Thursday asking "Can I get an 80-sack?" They agreed to meet at about 8 p.m.

While Brown was waiting for Beck, two men approached him instead. They said Beck was waiting outside and told Brown to come out to a car with them, the complaint said. Brown identified one of the men as Diamond. He also reported Beck and another woman were in the front seats of the car and that he sat between Diamond and the other man in the back of the car.

Both men allegedly started assaulting Brown in the car by punching him in the head and face. Brown told the officer the marijuana was taken, the men attempted to take his wallet and he received a bloody nose during the assault, the complaint said.

After returning to his dorm and telling friends he had been robbed, Brown found out that Beck lived in the McElroy dormitory. Beck's roommate told police four men she didn't know had stopped at their room Thursday night, but Beck wasn't there. Brown also told police he had gone to the dorm room Thursday night with friends, but they left after realizing Beck wasn't there.

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