Stabbing injures several on Lone Star College Cy-Fair campus
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A stabbing attack on the Lone Star College Cy-Fair campus Tuesday left more than a dozen people injured. A suspect was taken into custody after quick-thinking students jumped into action and now charges have been filed.
The suspect, 20-year-old Dylan Andrew Quick, has been charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and is being held at the Harris County Jail on bonds totaling $300,000.
"According to the statement the suspect voluntarily gave investigators, he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school. He also indicated that he has been planning this incident for some time," the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The violence broke out at about 11:20am at the rear of the Health Sciences Building on the Cy-Fair campus on Barker Cypress Road.
Student Steven Maida said, "I didn't see him hit anybody, I just saw girl walk out with hole in her cheek. One girl had a hole in her neck, and this other guy had cuts on the back of the neck, and the other guy had a slice on the neck."
Without hesitation, Maida and several other students ran after the suspect.
James, a student at the school, told Eyewitness News he saw the suspect, dressed in black, emerge from the building at a run, and he gave chase. When tackled, the suspect reportedly said, 'I give up, I give up.'
"One kid grabbed him by the backpack, the other grabbed him by the arm, and the kid just said he gave up, and we just sat on him until the cops came," Maida said. "It was definitely an adrenalin rush. I wouldn't want to hear a girl die, especially if I could have done something about it."
By late afternoon, Harris County sheriff's investigators had identified Quick as the suspect and arrived at his house in northwest Harris County with a search warrant. Detectives had been at the home for hours waiting for the paperwork.
Quick's parents were believed to be inside but they never showed their faces.
Neighbors say Quick is hearing impaired but wears an implant. Just last week, he gave next door neighbor Michael Lincoln a hand.
"Took down the branch and said that's what neighbors are for. Took the branch down for me himself. Nice kid, just quiet, real quick kid -- doesn't have any friends," Lincoln said.
We also heard from another young man who was temporarily detained with Quick on Tuesday. He told us Quick was hoping to kill people but the knife broke.
"There were pieces of blade in at least one victim, broken blade pieces in the area where the cutting occurred, and the handle to a razor-type knife was found in a backpack that Quick was carrying when he was arrested," the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The Harris County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were 14 victims. Four patients were taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute and two more patients were transported by ground ambulance. The remainder were taken to North Cypress Hospital, and two people refused treatment at the scene. Two of the victims are listed in critical condition. North Cypress Hospital officials say all of the patients treated there had non-life threatening injuries and have since been released.
Students were held inside classrooms as the campus went into lock down. One student told Eyewitness News he held a prayer circle with students in his classroom. Others were seen walking calmly to their vehicles in the parking lot. Deputies searched each vehicle before drivers were allowed to leave campus.
Cy-Fair ISD secured the several campuses as a precaution during the chaos. Those schools were Aragon Middle, Postma Elementary, Fiest Elementary, Copeland Elementary, Birkes Elementary, Rennell Elementary, Robinson Elementary, Homesley Elementary, Jowell Elementary and The Berry Center. While the schools were not under an official lockdown, doors were locked and no visitors were allowed on campus.
Authorities say the investigation is an ongoing situation. They are reviewing video evidence and say the entire campus has been searched for evidence. There had been reports of a second suspect, but investigators believe the suspect acted alone and they ended the search for any other suspects.
LSC-CyFair campus is closed for the remainder of the day/evening, but will reopen Wednesday morning. Counselors will be available to talk with students and employees and will be visiting the classes of those students who were victims as well. LSC-CyFair President Audre Levy also will also be holding debriefing sessions about the incident for faculty and students.
Rand Key, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Lone Star College system, said their thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.
Three people were injured in a shooting at the north campus of Lone Star College in January. The incidents are unrelated.
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