CYPRESS, Texas — A student who told police he'd fantasized for years about stabbing people to death was charged Tuesday with carrying out a building-to-building attack at a Texas community college that wounded at least 14 people, many of whom were stabbed in the face and neck, authorities said.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 20-year-old Dylan Quick used a razor-type knife, and that he told investigators he'd been planning the attack at the suburban Houston campus for some time. Two people remained in critical condition late Tuesday.
Pieces of the blade were found in at least one of the victims, the sheriff’s office said. Broken blade pieces also were found in the area where the stabbings occurred, and the handle was discovered in a backpack that Quick
was carrying when he was arrested.
Quick was charged Tuesday night with three counts of aggravated assault. It wasn’t immediately clear if additional charges would be filed.
The attack at about 11:20 a.m. on the Lone Star Community College System’s campus in Cypress sent at least 12 people to hospitals, while several others refused treatment at the scene, according to Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Robert Rasa.
Diante Cotton, 20, said he was sitting in a cafeteria with some friends when a girl clutching her neck walked in, yelling, ‘‘He’s stabbing people! He’s stabbing people!’’
Cotton said he could not see the girl’s injuries, but when he and his friends went outside, they saw a half-dozen people with injuries to their faces and necks being loaded into ambulances and medical helicopters.
‘He came running and swinging at my neck, as I tried to get out of the way.’
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said there were indications when calls came in to the department that students or faculty were actively trying to subdue the suspect.
“So we’re proud of those folks,’’ he said. “But we’re glad no one else was injured any more severely than they are.’’
Michelle Alvarez told the Houston Chronicle she saw the attacker running toward other students and tried to back away.
She said she didn’t even feel it as he swiped at her.
‘‘He came running and swinging at my neck, as I
tried to get out of the way,’’ she said.
Student Michael Chalfan said he was walking to class when he saw police officers running after the suspect.
He said one officer used a stun gun to help subdue the man.
Lone Star officials had initially urged people on campus, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston, to take shelter and be on alert for a second suspect.
‘‘It was the same suspect going from building to building,’’ department spokesman Thomas Gilliland said later.
Teaundrae Perryman said he was in class when he received a text message from a friend and went outside to see a young woman being loaded into an ambulance with what appeared to be stab wounds to either her neck or head. He said he didn’t receive an e-mail alert from the college until 11:56 a.m.
One student said she learned one of her classmates was stabbed after leaving the school’s Health Science Center building.
‘‘I called to check on another classmate who was still inside the building and she said the classroom was on lock-down and she said one of the classmates had been stabbed,’’ Margo Shimfarr-Evans told KHOU-TV. ‘‘It happened in the hallway.’’