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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 3:37 pm

Washington State University instructor David Warner remains in critical condition at a Spokane hospital as he recovers from an assault that occurred early Saturday morning in Pullman.

Police found Warner, 41, unconscious with a serious head injury around 2 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot at Adams Mall on College Hill. He was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital and then transferred to an intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center, where his family said he continued to receive treatment today.

The American studies instructor was apparently trying to break up a verbal argument between an acquaintance and a group of three men, Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said.

He said there have been no reports that weapons were used in the assault.

Police have also not received any information to suggest the assault was racially motivated. Tennant said Warner’s acquaintance and the three men may have been arguing about a woman, but he added that police will need to identify the suspects before they can determine a motive.

Police have identified one group of witnesses at the scene but so far have not been able to identify any suspects. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Pullman Police at (509) 334-0802.

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Check Tuesday's Daily News for more on this story.

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