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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Police Focus on Two in Student Beating Investigation

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Westport police are focusing their investigation on two party attendees in the beating of a Fairfield University freshman at a Westport Saturday night underage drinking party, a detective said today.

Lt. Vincent Penna, commander of the Detective Bureau, said officers have interviewed about 50 people in the beating of freshman David Keith, 18, of Norwalk on Feb. 6 at a home of a fellow freshman at 80 Hillspoint Road. (See WestportNow Feb. 9, 2010)

“Our investigation is focusing in on two people that we’re definitely interested in talking to—both of whom have retained attorneys and are currently out of state,” Penna told Cablevision News-12.

“They were there that night and may have a small detail that we may utilize to plug into other details that we have and may fill in a big gap for us and point us in a direction to go.”

Penna said police also were unsure of the motive for the beating.

Keith was found by a neighbor in a driveway at 76 Hillspoint Road, suffering from a fractured skull, bleeding behind the eyes and other injuries. He was released several days later from Norwalk Hospital.

“He’s on the road to recovery,” Penna said. “It’s a slow process-head injuries—definitely something that takes a little bit of time.”

He said the victim was still unclear as to exactly what happened.

“There’s a gap I would estimate to be 35 to 40 minutes that he’s basically foggy on,” Penna said. “It’s something that’s coming back to him but it’s slow. I feel once he recovers a little bit more his recollection will be better.”

The detective said police know only the barest details of what happened.

“We know the victim went out the rear door,” Penna said. “But he basically vanishes at that point and it’s a mystery as to what occurred.”

The police official again expressed frustration that with about 100 people attending the party, information about what happened is so scarce.

“It’s mind boggling that there was that amount of people there all trying to do the same thing, which is to leave, but, however, no one saw him, what he did, where he went,” Penna said. “I kind of find that hard to believe.”

Police asked anyone with information to come forward and contact Detective William Harsche at (203)341-6000.

Posted 02/16/10 at 11:11 PM

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