RINDGE — Police need the public’s help identifying what they believe are the vehicles used by the suspect and his friends in the recent Franklin Pierce University assault that left the victim in critical condition.
New Hampshire State Police released pictures from campus surveillance cameras of the cars.
“The suspect and his friends were seen driving away in a small blue SUV (older model Toyota Rav4/ Honda CR-V), and a light colored Dodge pickup truck that appears to be a 2500 series, that is set up for a plow,” according to the statement released by New Hampshire State Police.
Police believe the suspect and his friends live in the area, which may include Jaffrey, New Ipswich, Rindge, and Winchendon, Mass.
The victim, a 22-year-old university student, was found unconscious on Dec. 1, suffering from a severe head wound. He was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., where he remains in critical condition.
This is the second serious assault on campus this school year. A teen was injured so badly during an October assault that he required surgery, according to police. No arrests have been announced in that case, though there are reportedly several suspects. The victim in that case was not a university student.
University officials are currently reviewing security measures on campus and taking steps such as adding cameras, reviewing the lighting situation, and reconsidering the way visitors are registered and identified while on campus.
Anyone with information is asked to call to Sgt. Shawn Skahan, New Hampshire State Police, Troop C at 223-8729, or Detective Rachel Malynowski, Rindge Police Department, as 899-5009, ext. 15.