At about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a felonious assault took place at the Nichols Arboretum near the Peony Gardens, according to the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security. 

The suspect reportedly approached an individual sitting on a bench and struck him over his right eye with a glass bottle. After the suspect stuck a plastic airsoft-style pistol into the victim’s neck and told him to freeze, the victim punched the suspect, knocking him to the ground. The victim then fled. 

 Described as a 5’10” to 6’ tall, young, Black male with tattoos visible on the lower part of both forearms, the suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red hooded sweatshirt with a white t-shirt underneath. 

Division of Public Safety and Security spokesperson Melissa Overton said officers are currently working on the case and declined to comment further on the incident at the time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact DPSS at 734-763-1131. 

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