A student who told police he had fantasized for years about stabbing people to death was charged on 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 had been planning the attack at the Lone Star College System’s campus in Cypress, a Houston suburb, for some time. Two people remained in critical condition late on Tuesday at Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, hospital spokeswoman Alex Rodriguez said.
Pieces of the blade were found in at least one victim, according to the sheriff’s office. Broken blade pieces also were found in the area where the stabbing occurred, and the handle was discovered in a backpack that Quick was carrying when he was arrested.
Quick was charged on Tuesday night with three counts of aggravated assault. It was not immediately clear if additional charges would be filed. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.
Authorities were seen entering Quick’s parents’ home in a middle-class neighborhood of Houston on Tuesday night. No one answered the door or the telephone at the red brick home, where two vehicles were parked in the driveway, including a Honda Accord with a license plate that said “DYLAN.”
It was not immediately known if Quick had an attorney.
“I can’t imagine what would have happened to that young man to make him do something like this. He is very normal,” said Magdalena Lopez, 48, who has lived across the street from the Quick family for 15 years.
Quick, she said, would always say hi to her and her family when she would see him outside taking out the trash or working on his family’s front lawn. Quick is deaf, she said, and a street sign, “Deaf Child In Area,” was posted on the block of brick, ranch-style homes warning drivers of his condition.
“I can’t believe he would do it,” Lopez said.
The stabbing spree began at about 11:20am and 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.
Michelle Alvarez told the Houston Chronicle that she saw the attacker running toward other students and tried to back away. She said she did not even feel it as he swiped at her.