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November 18, 2013

Four face charges in MSU incident

Two suspects charged, two others at large Monday


Beck's roommate also told police she left the room Friday afternoon because Beck and Diamond had been smoking marijuana inside. A short time later the group of men returned and started yelling at the couple, the roommate said. She said Diamond was cut during the fight, but she didn't see who had the knife.

Swaray and another witness, Teacon Williams, told investigators they went to the room Friday to confront Beck after Brown told them he had been robbed, the complaint said. Swaray and Williams both said Diamond stood up, pulled out a knife and cut Swaray in the head with it. Swaray then attempted to take the knife from Diamond and that's when Diamond was cut, the men said. Officers did see cuts on Swaray's head, the complaint said.

Bail was set at $10,000 for Brown and Swaray when they appeared in court Monday for first-degree burglary and assault charges. Swaray told District Court Judge Brad Walker he will likely lose his job at MSU as a result of the incident, but he is enrolled for classes again next semester. Brown told Walker he will not be able to return to his dorm room on campus.

Swaray was one of four men arrested in January 2011 after someone called 911 to report the men had forced their way into an apartment and rummaged through the room of a man who wasn't there. No charges were filed against him for that incident.

Beck and Diamond, who have been charged with first-degree robbery and simple robbery, were not arrested after talking to police Friday. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.

There is the possibility that others could be charged, Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott said Monday.



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