Texas sheriff: Campus stabbing suspect fantasized about attack
CYPRESS, Texas — A man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a suburban Houston community college randomly selected his victims and told investigators he had been fantasizing about conducting such an attack since he was 8 years old, authorities said on Wednesday.
Dylan Quick, 20, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault in the attack on Tuesday at the Lone Star Community College in Cypress, a school he attended about 20 miles northwest of Houston.
Classes resumed Wednesday at the bustling campus where more than 18,000 students take courses. Students and others were overheard talking about the attack, riveted by the sequence of events that left 14 injured, two critically. Students said workers were seen Wednesday morning washing away blood stains from outside the school's health science building.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said authorities were investigating a motive for the attack on the first and second floors of the building and noted the suspect had been planning it “for some time.” Investigators weren't certain on which floor the attack began and were working Wednesday to piece together the sequence of events.
Garcia said Quick has been “forthcoming,” adding, “He's been matter-of-fact and interacting well with investigators.”
Quick slashed at his victims with a razor utility knife, and a similar weapon was found in his backpack when he was apprehended, Garcia said. Several of the 14 victims were hospitalized with slash wounds to the head and neck, but campus President Audre Levy said all are expected to recover.
Levy said college police were notified of the attack at 11:13 a.m. and that Quick was taken into custody at 11:17 a.m. Authorities said students assisted by tackling Quick and holding him down.
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