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Student athlete stabbed over weekend

An unknown male stabbed a University hockey player late Saturday night.

City police reported BGSU freshman Eddie Neville, listed as a goalie on the team roster, was stabbed in the forearm at the corner of Clough and Troup streets when he refused to give up his wallet. By the time police learned of the incident at 12:31 a.m., the aggressor had already run away, according to Sgt. Tony Hetrick.

Neville was taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment.

An update on his condition was unavailable at press time and Falcon hockey coach Scott Paluch could not be reached.

Upon repeated attempts, Neville was also unavailable.

The goalie is listed on the BGSU hockey Web site as being originally from Greene, N.Y. He played for the Green Bay Gamblers, a junior hockey team in the United States Hockey League before joining the Falcons.

Witnesses told police the suspect was a black male who appeared to be in his early 20s, and about 6-foot with a medium build. At the time of the stabbing, he reportedly wore a white or black T-shirt and a “do-rag” on his head.

Two hours later that night, in a separate incident, an unidentified male ran into a house on South Summit Street, claiming he had been assaulted.

Sgt. Paul Tyson, a city police officer who reported to the scene, said the victim was walking on S. Summit Street and Lehman Avenue when he was harassed by four college-age people in a black Chevrolet Malibu with a small gold stripe on the side.

At this point, Tyson said, the two males in the car – a tall white male wearing a white tank top and a shorter male wearing a gray T-shirt and gym shorts – jumped out of the car.

The victim told Tyson the shorter man pulled out a small pocket knife and both men attacked him.

Moments later, the victim ran into the house and officers were called to the scene.

Just after police left, the home owner reported a steel pipe was thrown at her home, breaking a window, a screen and damaging molding. Damage was estimated between $50 and $100.

The second car was reportedly a black Dodge Alero, Tyson said.

Both incidents are currently under investigation.

Hetrick, also of the city police, said the two events aren’t believed to be related, but the incidence of crime is usually higher when students return to school.

“With all the people in town, there is a greater opportunity for something like this,” he said.

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