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USF student suffering broken jaw after attack at dorm, father says

Posted at 4:43 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 14:35:33-04

UPDATE — The State Attorney's Office announced nearly a week after the incident that they would not be filing charges related to the case. They did not tell us why they were closing the case.

TAMPA, Fla. — A student at the University of South Florida is suffering from a broken jaw after his father says he was attacked inside an on-campus USF dorm room when he was trying to protect two women from two men.

"I'll send you the X-Ray. It was horrible,” Nick Thomas said. "My son stood up and put his body between the girls and the boys and he got attacked by both boys, brutally."

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"We are very frustrated with the really insensitive treatment that we've gotten from the [police] who have just been, just difficult the whole time,” he said.

Now, 6-weeks after the incident, Thomas says no charges have been filed against the two people who injured his son.

The State Attorney's Office says USF Police referred the case to the State Attorney's Office just three days ago and it's still open.

A USF Police spokesperson says they can't speak about an ongoing investigation.

To add insult to injury, Thomas is now learning about a new study by which ranks almost 500 college campuses.

USF’s Tampa campus is at the bottom of the list for Florida colleges, ranked 382 overall.

"Our experience bore out that it's a dangerous place," Thomas said.

Thomas says his son is back in class and his jaw is healing.

Still, this Florida Dad is still concerned that the two responsible for the attack have yet to face any repercussions.

"We know who they are. The cops have a video tape. There's no question who it is. They haven't picked them up. They haven't done anything,” he said.

Here's the link about college campus safety - ranking USF the least safe in the state and one of the worst in the country.

The USF Police Department released this statement regarding the attack.