UPDATE: Mother Of ECU Student Assaulted Meets With Police

The mother of an ECU student who says he was assaulted by a group of men on a walk near his fraternity house, met with city officials Wednesday to come up with ways to stop the same thing from happening to other students.

The assault took place back on September 26th when Tyler Dannenbaun and his Phi Kappa Tau brothers were walking on West 5th street. Greenville police say that's when a group of seven men approached the faternity brothers and one of them assaulted Dannenbaun.

Wednesday afternoon several people, including the Greenville Police Chief and ECU staff, met with Dannenaun's mother, Laura Stern. The meeting was held to exchange ideas and develop solutions for students so they don't experience what Tyler did.

After the two hour meeting there were no definite decisons, but ideas include placing a camera on West 5th street.


Authorities in Greenville are looking for suspects who attacked an ECU student late last month.

Crimestoppers announced Thursday that it was offering up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest in the case.

Greenville police say 19-year-old Tyler Dannenbaun was assaulted September 26th around 3:00 a.m. on West Fifth Street. They say the assault was unprovoked.

His mother tells WITN News that he and some friends were walking from the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house towards the downtown area. Laura Stern says her son "received severe bruising and swelling to his nose, cheek, a black eye, lost his front teeth, endured a serious concussion and was unconscious for more than an hour."

Crimestoppers says seven men approached the group, with one of them punching Dannenbaun. The group then took off north on the railroad tracks.

If you have information about this assault, call Crimestoppers at 252-758-7777.

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  • by Randy Smith Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    Wake up people. When a group of people are assaulted they pretty much know a simple black or white description. You're missing the point. Thugs are walking the streets and getting away with crime.
  • by OpenCarry on Oct 21, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    I'm a 45-year-old Graduate Student at ECU, who lives WAY off campus (in another town). I commute, and am often on campus until after midnight, monitoring labs, working on projects, or just brainstorming with other grad students. I have to park my vehicle several blocks off campus, and that walk to my car, down 5th, or 4th or 3rd every evening is the most dangerous part of my day. I actually worry more about that than my walk to the Metro station when I worked in SW Washington DC in the early 1990's. And even though I have Concealed Carry permits issued from 3 states, and am an NRA-Certified instructor, I can't carry when I'm on campus--to do so would be a FELONY because I'm a student. PLEASE call your Reps in Raleigh and get them to repeal the College ban for people with permits. Self-Defense is a HUMAN RIGHT. To deny us the ability to protect ourselves because of some feel-good, do-nothing law is immoral, illogical, and only rewards the criminals and thugs by giving them free rein.
  • by realist Location: NC on Oct 21, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    wake up people and focus on the facts this young man was assaulted by an african american male. There is is clearly a problem with african american thugs taking advantage of college students in Greenville. If you think differently you are completely out of touch. There have been countless crimes committed that go unreported by the greenville police department and ECU.Why are they not reporting and documenting all of these incidents? Protect and serve is the Police motto. In addition, why is ECU not protecting their students? They should be sending their Safe Ride program to and from this area to protect its students from such crimes. In closing, Town of Greenville and ECU are misleading its citizens and students into thinking there is no problem. Shame on you.
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    @ Concerned..How is it that you are the only one with a description of the so called coward African American and not the police. Do you expect anyone on this board to believe you when the police do not have a description. That boy is lying about this and the truth will come out and when it does I hope he gets arrested for wasting the police time in this nonsense!
  • by Dave Location: Morhead on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    A couple of law abiding armed citizens could take care of the 5th street issues in one night.
  • by To anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    I agree fraternities haze...but they don't beat their brothers to the point of busting out teeth. You people are crazy if you don't see the correlation with every other crime around Greenville and esp on 5th street! THUGS! Quit denying we have a SERIOUS issue with our young black population!
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    No WOW, as long as the black community supports, hides, and takes up for these lowlifes it will be a racial issue. And another thing, you are either African or American, one or the other.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    ECU has hazing and it seems like no one wants to admit.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    The boy was haze and he don't want to get his behind beat again for ratting out his fraternity. Why would seven guys beat one person so bad like that with other people there? Different thing if he was alone. And why would his brothers(his fraternity) let them do that? I would have been fighting with my frat brother even if I would have gotten beaten.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 at 04:12 AM
    Soimetimes in Gangs, the recruits are required to committ a crime and or an assault.

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