The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 4, 2014

Collegian from Mifflinburg attacked at Shippensburg

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— SHIPPENSBURG — A Mifflinburg man was attacked while walking near the Shippensburg University campus, and one of his accused attackers is the son of the Dauphin County district attorney, according to media reports.

Christopher Ericson, 21, of Mifflinburg, a resident assistant at Shippensburg University, was treated at Carlisle Regional Medical Center for injuries and released, hospital supervising staff said Monday.

Accused of attacking Ericson are Kenneth Brown, 18, of Ardmore, and Connor Marsico, 18, of Harrisburg. Marsico is the son of Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico. The two suspects are freshmen and listed on the football roster at Millersville University.

State police at Carlisle said the attack occurred about 1:30 a.m. Saturday at North Earl Street and Lancaster Drive.

Ericson was walking when he was approached by the two men, police said. Brown allegedly struck Ericson in the face, and Marsico allegedly kicked him. Brown then took Ericson’s cellphone and wallet, according to police.

Police did not say how they came to suspect Brown and Marsico or what may have motivated the attack, but both men were taken to the Cumberland County Prison, where they await arraignment. Neither man’s case was entered into the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania web portal as of deadline Monday.

State police charged Marsico with aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy and harassment. Brown was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, theft, conspiracy, criminal mischief and harassment.

Phone calls to the Ericson family were not returned before deadline Monday. Christopher Ericson’s Facebook page states he is a resident assistant at Shippensburg, where he studies political science.

Marsico family members said in a Sunday statement to the Harrisburg Patriot-News they are “shocked by the events.”

“It deeply saddens us to learn that someone was hurt,” the statement said. “Our son has and will cooperate with authorities. ... We expect this to be addressed as a matter of course within the criminal justice system.”