UND fan charged with assault after ‘altercation’ at hockey game in Omaha – Grand Forks Herald

OMAHA, Nebraska — A UND hockey fan is in jail in Nebraska after he allegedly assaulted another man during a college hockey game late last week.

Tyrese Murph, 22, allegedly had a “verbal altercation” with Stephen Thomas, 60, in the stands during a March 4 game between the Fighting Hawks and the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, according to department staff. UN police. Police say Murph pushed Thomas down about 20 stairs in the arena, causing a serious head injury.

Murph is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail in Nebraska, according to his inmate list. He was originally arrested for felony assault, according to Jerry Baggett, a captain with the Omaha University Police Department, but that charge, at least for now, has been reduced to a misdemeanor because police haven’t not forwarded photos of Thomas’s injury to prosecutors quickly enough, according to Baggett. Prosecutors are currently weighing whether to stick with the misdemeanor charge or push for a felony charge.

Thomas was hospitalized on March 4 but, according to Baggett, was released on March 5.

The Herald requested police documents related to the incident report on Monday afternoon but did not receive a response by the deadline for publication of this article.

Catherine J. Martinez