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Hanover assault suspects arraigned, man out of hospital

Union Leader Correspondent

July 02. 2014 7:40PM

HANOVER — A Dartmouth College student was assaulted and robbed on the Dartmouth Green shortly after midnight on Wednesday, police said.

The student, 23-year-old Hubert Clark, was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with non-life-threatening injuries, Police Chief Charlie Dennis said.

Clark had been discharged, hospital officials said Wednesday afternoon.

His alleged attackers, Mark J. Ruppel, 26, of Canaan, and Troy C. Schwarz, 20, of Lebanon, have been charged with felony counts of robbery, second degree assault and falsifying physical evidence.

Dennis said to his knowledge, the suspects are not affiliated with Dartmouth.

Dartmouth security was notified around 12:08 a.m. of an assault in progress on the Dartmouth Green involving one victim and three assailants.

Master Police Officer Jeffrey Ballard arrived and learned that Clark had been attacked by a group of men as he was walking across the Green, Hanover police said Wednesday.

“The assailants attacked Mr. Clark by surprise and continued to strike and kick the victim after he was on the ground,” police said.

Shortly after the assault, Officer Alex Tucker found three men, including Ruppel and Schwarz, in the area who fit the description of the three attackers. The men were detained; one was released after police determined he was not involved with the assault.

Money and property were stolen from the victim during the attack, police said.

Ruppel and Swartz were arraigned Wednesday in the 2nd Circuit Court District Division in Lebanon.

Dennis said bail was set for Ruppel at $25,000 cash and Schwarz bail was set at $10,000 cash.

The assault is still under investigation and may lead to additional charges and suspects, police said.

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