Police arrest two in connection with WSU professor attack

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 2:04 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Pullman Police Detectives arrested a second suspect Wednesday night in connection with the attack on Dr. David Warner.

Detectives arrested Joshua W. Nantz, 23, in connection to the assault that occurred on March 30th.  The arrest follows the arrest of Madeline Fouts, 21, earlier Wednesday.  Police said Nantz came to the Pullman Police Department at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the request of detectives.  He was arrested for Assault First Degree with is a Class A felony.

Police said Nantz is a Washington State University student and Pullman resident.  An anonymous tip received over this past weekend led to the arrest of Nantz and Fouts.  After booking, police said Nantz will be transported to the Whitman County Jail and will likely appear tomorrow before a judge in Whitman County Superior court in Colfax.

Madeline Fouts was released from custody at about 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Fouts had been arrested for Rendering Criminal Assistance (felony) and Providing False Statements to a Public Servant.  Police said those charges carry a maximum sentence of ten years if a jury convicts her.  Police said Fouts is cooperating with investigators and was not directly involved in the physical assault of Mr. Warner.  She is not considered a danger to the community.

The Washington State University professor was attacked on March 30th in the Adams Mall parking lot. Officers added that they are looking for two male suspects.  Authorities refused to release those names as of Wednesday afternoon. Police claimed to have solid leads and are aggressively following those leads.

Investigators confirmed that alcohol was a factor in the attack. Police said there is no evidence to suggest that the attack was racially motivated.

Warner suffered a serious head injury during the attack and is hospitalized in Spokane.

Cameras near Adams Mall caught the suspects leaving the scene. A federal grant paid the cameras which are monitored by WSU criminology students. Those students helped alert police.

Later, investigators released the surveillance video to help spawn leads. Pullman Police estimated on Wednesday that more than 40,000 people viewed those videos. Authorities said the case would have taken longer to solve without the surveillance video.

Officers reviewed the video and claimed that people can be seen recording the attack on their cell phones. Police asked that those people come forward with their video or information. Eight witnesses have come forward so far according to authorities.

A reward was offered for information leading to an arrest on Tuesday. Washington State University President Elson Floyd donated $10,000 to the reward fund.

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