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Ball St. student stabbed; 2 charged after IU attack

A Ball State University student was out of the hospital Sunday after being stabbed during a robbery attempt on the Muncie campus.

And in Bloomington, two Indiana University students were charged Sunday in connection with a stabbing that injured another student at a campus apartment building.

Ball State spokeswoman Joan Todd said the student took himself to a hospital after the stabbing late Saturday and he was released after treatment there.

She did not release the student’s name.

Todd said the would-be robber accosted the student in a parking lot near Worthen Arena and tried unsuccessfully to take the student’s wallet. That’s when the stabbing occurred.

The suspect remained at large Sunday. He was described as a white male wearing a tan hoodie.

Todd said the university sent out a public safety notice by email notifying the campus community of the attack.

Indiana University police arrested Zesen Shen, 18, and Kaiyu Lao, 21, IU spokesman Mark Land said in a news release. Shen has been charged with intimidation and battery, and Lao was charged with intimidation, Land said.

Police said Shen, Lao and a 20-year-old IU student were in the Tulip Tree apartments’ parking lot about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Land said. Witnesses told campus police the three were there “to resolve a dispute when the suspects began chasing victim and wounded him with a knife,” Land said.

University police Lt. Craig Munroe told the Indianapolis Star the student was stabbed in the back. The 20-year-old was taken to IU Health hospital in Bloomington with an injury that isn’t life-threatening, Land said.

The attack prompted university officials earlier Sunday to tell students to seek shelter behind locked doors.

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