UND fan charged with assault after 'altercation' at Omaha hockey game

Tyrese Murph, 22, is charged with misdemeanor assault, but Douglas County, Nebraska, prosecutors are reportedly weighing whether they'll pursue felony charges

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

Tyrese Murph, 22, allegedly got into a “verbal altercation” with Stephen Thomas, 60, in the stands at a March 4 game between the Fighting Hawks and the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, according to staff at the UNO police department. Police claim Murph pushed Thomas down a set of about 20 stairs at the arena, causing a large head wound.

Murph is currently in custody at Douglas County, Nebraska, jail, according to its inmate roster. He was originally arrested for felony assault, according to Jerry Baggett, a captain at the Omaha university's police department, but that charge, at least for the moment, was knocked down to a misdemeanor because police didn't forward photos of Thomas' injury to prosecutors quickly enough, according to Baggett. Prosecutors are presently weighing whether to stick to the misdemeanor charge or push for a felony one.

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

The Herald asked on Monday afternoon for police documents related to the incident report but did not receive a reply before this article’s publication deadline.

Joe Bowen is an award-winning reporter at the Duluth News Tribune. He covers schools and education across the Northland.

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