Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Texas College Stabbing Suspect In Custody, Said To Be 21-Year-Old Male Student

Texas College Stabbing Suspect In Custody, Said To Be 21-Year-Old Male Student

The Texas college stabbing suspect has been arrested after slashing at least 14 people with an X-Acto knife on the campus of Line Star College’s CyFair campus in Cypress.
The suspect is described as a white male, believed to be 21 years old and enrolled at the school.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said police learned of the Texas college stabbing at 11:12 am on Tuesday when reports came in of a white male “on the loose stabbing people.”
Police said the student went building-to-building on campus at the Texas community college stabbing students before he was subdued and arrested. The attack sent 12 people to area hospitals, including four taken be helicopter. Several others refused treatment at the scene, said Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Robert Rasa.
Garcia said the fast work of others on campus prevented the Texas college stabbing from being any worse.
“Some of the details in the call slip did indicate that students or faculty were actively responding to work to subdue this individual,” Garcia said. “So we’re proud of those folks, but we’re glad no one else is injured any more severely than they are.”
Lone Star student Michael Chalfan helped tackle the suspect and said it was a harrowing scene.
“Had a sinister look on his face, kind of like a smile and a satisfactory grin after doing it,” Chalfan said.
As the stabbing was taking place, Lone Star officials warned people on campus to take shelter and watch out for a second suspect. Those reports were later amended, with authorities saying the lone 21-year-old white male was responsible.
“It was the same suspect going from building to building,” department spokesman Thomas Gilliland said.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene on campus, with reports spreading quickly through social networks and among students.
Courtland Sedlachek, 18, said he was in class when the phones of everyone in class started buzzing with alerts of the incident. The room was locked down, but students were soon let out in what he said was an orderly but nervous evacuation.
The Texas college stabbing isn’t the first instance of violence on the Lone Star College campus. In January, two people were shot there. Both survived, and police charged a suspect in the incident.

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