Witnesses State Assault on A&T Student was a Mutual Affray

"GREENSBORO, NC (Oct. 20, 2015) – Interviews with more than a dozen witnesses at the disturbance on Booker St. early Sunday morning indicate that that hospitalized NC A&T University student was both an aggressor and victim in the incident.

Thomas Matthew Bynum, 21, was found unresponsive on the street outside 214 S. Booker St. at approximately 2 am on Sunday, Oct. 18 after police responded to a 911 call of a disturbance. Bynum regained consciousness before he was transported by EMS to Moses Cone Hospital.

Participants at the party and potential witnesses fled the scene upon officers’ arrival, causing Greensboro Police Department officials to issue a plea through the media for person with information to come forward.

Detectives interviewed Bynum on Monday as he was recovering from his injuries, and with witnesses who saw parts of the event unfold. Statements from all parties indicate that Bynum and another person pushed and punched each other several separate times throughout the party. Additional party-goers joined in the assault during the last exchange between the two which resulted in Bynum’s injuries.

Police are classifying this incident as a mutual affray and a misdemeanor assault. North Carolina law defines an affray as a fight between two or more people in a public place. It is considered mutual if all parties willing participate in the fight. This is a misdemeanor offense.

The investigation is on-going."

- A Police Report


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