Beaten physician shows improvement |

Beaten physician shows improvement

The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A Reno physician who was severely beaten outside a Sparks mosque a week and a half ago is showing signs of improvement, according to Washoe Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Judy Davis.

She said Dr. Eltag Mirghani was upgraded on Monday from critical condition to serious and stable although he remains in a coma.

Mirghani, 48, and his friend Muhammad Sanad, 46, had just attended a prayer service at the mosque March 16 and were in the parking lot when two teen-agers attacked them with a baseball bat and stole Mirghani’s wallet.

Sanad is recovering from a broken arm.

Detectives arrested David Nolette, a 16-year-old Hug High School pupil, at his north Reno home March 19. One day later, police arrested Scott Cannady, 17, in Texas.

Cannady has waived extradition, and Sparks detectives plan to bring him back to Reno to face charges next week.

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