Ferris student stabbed, suspect at large

UPDATE: 7:55 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 23

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a stabbing that took place off campus at Oakwood Townhouses in the early hours of Sunday.

At 6:41 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Ferris students, faculty and staff received an emergency alert via email notifying them of the stabbing. The incident occurred between 2 and 3 a.m., according to a press release from the university.

The stabbing suspect, whose identity is unknown, has not been apprehended.

The suspect is described as a 6 foot tall, 170-pound white male with medium-length brown hair and a scruffy light-colored beard. He was reportedly wearing a white hat with a different colored brim at the time of the attack.

The suspect is believed to have used a pocket knife with a 2- to 3-inch blade in the stabbing. He may still be armed with the weapon.

The victim, a 20-year-old Ferris student, was treated and released from Spectrum Health Hospital in Big Rapids.

The attack occurred during an altercation between the victim and the suspect, according to a news release from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department.

Oakwood Townhouses is an off-campus student housing complex located one mile southeast of Ferris State University on 14 Mile Road.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department at (231) 592-0150.

The Torch will update this story as more information becomes available.