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Police: Girl suspected of planning baseball bat attack on Waconia classmate


Police say a 17-year-old Waconia High School athlete, possibly motivated by envy, planned an attack with a baseball bat that sent a classmate of hers to the hospital.

The girl asked Oliver Smith, 18, to meet her at Westwood Community Church in Chanhassen early Sunday morning to discuss a personal matter, authorities told FOX 9.

Smith, a star basketball player who's committed to playing for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, came to the church parking lot and was hit six times in the head and knees with a souvenir baseball bat by a 19-year-old man dressed in black, KSTP reported.

Smith fought the man, identified by police as a football player at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and eventually took the bat from him, KSTP said. Smith's family confirmed to the station he was the victim of a violent attack.

Police say the suspect then fled the scene and was later interviewed by police in Arizona, according to FOX 9.

Sources told KSTP they believe the girl was motivated by jealousy of Smith's athletic talents.

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After the attack, the girl brought Smith to Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska, where he was treated and released, FOX 9 said.

The Carver County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.

Incidences of violence among school-age teens are declining in Minnesota, according to a study by the state Department of Health. The number of 12th-graders who reported they had hit another person dropped by 7 percentage points between 1998 and 2010.

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