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Kutztown University student charged in connection with fight

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 27 2014 09:30:01 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 28 2014 04:37:11 AM CST

Police have made an arrest in connection with a brutal fight near Bloomsburg University.

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -

Police have made an arrest in connection with a brutal fight near Bloomsburg University.

Kutztown University officials confirmed that Bloomsburg Police came up to campus on Thursday and arrested Angel Cruz, 20, a running back for the Kutztown football team.

Bloomsburg Police tell us a fight broke out early Sunday morning on Iron Street near Bloomsburg University at an off-campus apartment.

The fight involved numerous people and it ended with Jackie Lithgow, 19, of Carlisle and Donald Hoover, 19, of Birdsboro being transported to the hospital. Witnesses say Lithgow was trying to break up the fight.

"He was just standing there and someone came up behind him and hit him in the head. And it is disgusting," said Bloomsburg University student Broc Rutherford.

Police arrested Angel Cruz and took him back to Columbia County for processing.
He is a former football player for Conrad Weiser High School.

Kutztown University issued a statement saying this behavior will not be tolerated and in no way represents the student body. Cruz will be suspended from the football team pending the outcome in the case.

Cruz is facing aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct charges. Bloomsburg Police say the investigation is ongoing and there may be more suspects.

As for the victims, Hoover has been released from the hospital. But Lithgow is in critical condition.