Arrest made in WSU professor's beating

Published On: Apr 10 2013 01:41:14 PM PDT   Updated On: Apr 11 2013 02:33:50 AM PDT
WSU professor fighting for his life in Sacred Heart ICU
PULLMAN, Wash. -

Pullman police confirm an arrest was made in the beating of WSU professor David Warner late last month.

An anonymous tip from western Washington over the weekend led to the arrest of Madeline Fouts, 21, Wednesday. Fouts was one of several suspects spotted in surveillance video taken the night of the incident.

Fouts, a WSU student and Pullman resident, was contacted by detectives at her  home and brought in for questioning Wednesday morning. She was arrested at 12:30 p.m. for rendering criminal assistance, a felony, and providing false statements to a public servant, a misdemeanor.

According to her Facebook page, Fouts is originally from Snohomish in western Washington.

Pullman police also confirmed they have solid leads on the other three suspects in the case and are aggressively tracking those individuals down.

Earlier this week, Washington State University President Elson Floyd donated $10,000 to the reward fund to help catch the people who assaulted a faculty member near campus. It's not known how police discovered the identity of the suspect who was arrested and whether or not that reward money will be given away to anyone yet.

In addition to the reward, Floyd announced Tuesday he is creating a Commission on Campus Climate to address what he called "an underlying fear and anger among some on campus regarding issues of race and marginalization."

Professor Warner is Native American and teaches in the WSU Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies. Police have said there's no indication race was a factor in the beating.

He was beaten around 2 a.m. March 30 while intervening in a fight between an acquaintance and a group of college-age people in the parking lot of Adams Mall on College Hill. Police confirmed that alcohol was a factor in the beating incident.

Surveillance video captured images of the suspects and was distributed widely. In fact, Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that "without the cameras the case may not have been solved."

At last check, Professor David Warner remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report