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Arrest in Brown attack has students fearful

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Andrea Medeiros

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Brown students learning, Wednesday, the man who sucker punched one of their classmates, leaving him in critical condition, was just randomly swinging at the first person he saw.

An arrest was made in the viscous attack on a Brown basketball player. We now know it was totally random and mindless. The sucker punch came out of no where. Brown sophomore Joe Sharkey was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Marine Tory Lussier, known for his violent temper, arrested three days after police say he attacked Sharkey right near campus.  "Oh wow, wow. It's very scary," said student Cara Mund, "You know, they make campus feel like it's very safe, but at the same time it is an open campus and anyone can be on here."

Police now saying Sharkey was punched at random on Thayer Street early Sunday morning. The sophomore point guard still in critical condition.

"Really nice guy, someone that you don't think this would ever happen to, which it could be anyone now that it's a random act," said Mund.

"It's shocking," said student Sarah Croskey, "Just disappointing that not everyone's safe in a place that we call home."

Brown students feeling helpless, now afraid to walk alone.  

"It sounds it was just a random act," said student Michael Stumpf, "There's nothing you can really do about it I guess."

Freshman Mund was confronted by a man near campus just a couple weeks before Sharkey was attacked. Her cell phone was stolen, but she wasn't hurt.

"It's very scary, but I was very lucky compared to the situation that did happen just a week later, two weeks later."

Lussier was arrested at his home in Connecticut. No stranger to police, he was charged with assault in September in a road rage incident that injured a firefighter.

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