A strange story out of Oregon. The Daily Emerald Reports:
“A 19-year-old woman was assaulted Thursday night; she was taped to a light post, according to a University of Oregon Campus Crime Alert.
The woman, currently unnamed, was walking from an 11th Avenue address to a friend’s residence in Barnhart Hall when a strange man approached her, offering to escort her. The woman did not know the man according to Kelly McIver, public information officer for UOPD.
When they reached the residence hall, the man grabbed her arm, forced her to the ground and taped her arm to a light post.
According to the crime alert, two Barnhart residence assistants freed the woman and called the police.
The man was identified to be around 20 years of age, white, brown haired and dressed in all black. The woman was unaffiliated with UO.
According to McIver, the woman claimed that the incident was odd, but mostly non-threatening. Nonetheless, the UOPD wants to stress that any situation where an individual touches the body of another person without proper consent will not be tolerated, and is a serious matter.
The investigation of the incident is ongoing, and the UOPD is accepting any information about the assault, or any similar occurrences.”
A 22-year-old University of Maryland student has been charged in the stabbing death of a Bowie State University student early Saturday morning in College Park, Maryland.
Sean Christopher Urbanski, of Severna Park, Maryland, was charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of student Richard Collins
The victim was at a bus stop with two friends near Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday, when Urbanski allegedly attacked and stabbed him, police said. He was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The altercation appeared to be random and unprovoked, according to Mitchell. “The assailant in this case approached and, totally unprovoked, stabbed the victim in the chest,” Mitchell said.
The victim’s friends then called 911. University police responded and took the suspect into custody by the bus stop where the stabbing happened, Mitchell said.
The suspect allegedly warned the victim and friends to stand aside. When the victim said “No” he was attacked and stabbed by the suspect.
On May 1, 2017, University of Texas students were attacked by a fellow student armed with what witnesses describe as a bowie knife or machete attacked several people in a commons area on campus.
Witnesses on the scene reported the suspect, identified as Kendrick White, a student at UT that had fallen on hard times, began from the library toward a line of food trucks and began yelling. He apparently kicked a girl, nearly causing her to topple over. He slashed the throat of one student and stabbed three more.
One student, Harrison Brown, died at the scene. Two others were assisted by students and taken to local hospitals.
One witness to the stabbings, stopped to help one of the victims by applying pressure to the wound. He stated he made eye contact with the suspect, but fortunately the suspect ignored him.
In a recent post, I shared considerations for what to do during an active attack. I am a big proponent of helping my fellow man, but I caution people in this day and age to briefly wait and assess before moving in to render medical aid.
Kendrick White was located by police and arrested a short distance from the scene by university police. The suspect was recently involuntarily committed for a mental health examination. Classmates reported he had disappeared from classes and recently returned disheveled and depressed.
In spite of his mental health history, officials have promised he will be held responsible for his actions.