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Student attacked new Inman Square

Student attacked

near Inman Square

By Lakshmana Rao

Todd S. Anderson G was knocked down and injured seriously near his Somerville home last Wednesday night, after a mugger struck him from behind.

The unknown assailant hit Anderson with a "blunt instrument" as he was walking home at midnight, he said. The attacker made off with Anderson's Walkman stereo.

Anderson said he "has no clue" who attacked him. Because no one witnessed the incident, Anderson has not reported the incident to the police. According to his housemate, Dan Allen, a graduate student at Harvard University, "It would be difficult for the police to pursue the assailant."

The incident occurred very close to Anderson's residence at 102 Line St., which is near Inman Square. A person who passed by the scene escorted Anderson to his apartment.

Allen later took him to Cambridge City Hospital. Anderson was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit, where he was treated for serious head injuries. Allen declined to be more specific about the nature of the injuries, saying that some of the details were confidential.

Anderson was discharged from the hospital on Monday; he said he was feeling better now.

Anderson said he did not think this attack pointed to a rising trend in violence in the area, and noted that his neighborhood was normally a safe area.

More than two-thirds of all graduate students live off campus, according the MIT Housing Office, and safety is one of the greatest factors in their choice of housing.