Warrant: Texas suspect interested in cannibalism

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HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say a man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a Houston-area college told investigators that he had fantasized about cannibalism and about cutting off people’s faces and wearing them as masks.

According to a search warrant affidavit made public Thursday, Dylan Quick told an investigator that about week before the attack at Lone Star College in Cypress he had researched mass stabbings on his home computer.

The affidavit says Quick told the investigator that in preparing for the campus stabbing incident, he had sharpened things, including a hairbrush and pencils, to use as weapons.

The affidavit said investigators found several books about mass killings and serial killers in his home.

Quick is charged with three counts of aggravated assault.

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Multiple people stabbed at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus near Houston

The suspect is reportedly named Dylan Quick. A witness, who says he helped apprehend the suspect, described the weapon as a knife with a 4-inch blade. As many as 14 people were injured Tuesday morning, and most were taken to area hospitals, according to reports. A suspect was caught after the school was placed on lockdown, officials said.

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Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 1:55 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 8:42 PM

A man believed to be the suspect in the mass stabbing is restrained.

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A man believed to be the suspect in the mass stabbing is restrained.

As many as 14 people were injured in a stabbing spree at Lone Star College near Houston on Tuesday, with at least one suspect caught and the school placed on temporary lockdown, local law enforcement officials said.

The violence was reported around 11:13 a.m. local time at the school’s Cy-Fair campus in north Harris County. A suspect, described as a 21-year-old white male student with red hair, has been detained, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

Student Steven Maida, who helped restrain the suspect, said, "I asked him, 'Why'd you do this to these girls, why?' but he just stared up at me."

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Student Steven Maida, who helped restrain the suspect, said, “I asked him, ‘Why’d you do this to these girls, why?’ but he just stared up at me.”

The Houston Chronicle, citing law enforcement sources, identified the suspect as Dylan Quick, 20. A sheriff’s spokesperson would not confirm or deny for the Daily News the suspect’s identity. The man is expected to be formally charged this evening.

The first emergency call described “a male on the loose stabbing people,” Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. The man was described as wearing a black hat and a black and white shirt.

Video shows the unnamed suspect in the multiple stabbings at Lone Star College.

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Video shows the unnamed suspect in the multiple stabbings at Lone Star College.

Student Steven Maida tells the Daily News he was walking to his vehicle on campus when chaos broke out. People were running, he said, including one who said, “My friend got stabbed in the face.” Maida and a group took off after the suspect. The group eventually caught up to the suspect, pulling him down by his backpack and restraining him, Maida said. The suspect’s hearing aids fell out during the struggle, Maida said.

“He said, ‘I give up,'” Maida said. “I asked him, ‘Why’d you do this to these girls, why?’ but he just stared up at me.”

Life Flight personnel rush a victim wounded in a stabbing attack on the Lone Star community college system's Cypress, Texas, campus into Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday in Houston. 

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Life Flight personnel rush a victim wounded in a stabbing attack on the Lone Star community college system’s Cypress, Texas, campus into Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday in Houston.

Another witness told Maida the suspect was “Dylan” and that “he’s a nice kid.” She didn’t tell Maida the suspect’s last name.

Later tonight, Maida will have to identify the suspect. He was questioned extensively by police.

A cell phone video shows police handcuffing the suspect who stabbed 14 people at Lone Star College's Cy-Fair campus.

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A cell phone video shows police handcuffing the suspect who stabbed 14 people at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus.

“Just hearing that girls were being stabbed in the face made me want to help,” Maida told the Daily News on Tuesday evening.

Sheriff Garcia said two victims are in critical condition and four are in fair condition. Some type of knife was used, Garcia said, but the precise kind is unclear still. Maida tells the Daily News the weapon, removed from the suspect’s pocket, had a 4-inch blade that pushes out and locks in place.

A wounded person is evacuated by helicopter following a mass stabbing at the Cy-Fair campus of Lone Star College in northwest Houston.

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A wounded person is evacuated by helicopter following a mass stabbing at the Cy-Fair campus of Lone Star College in northwest Houston.

Alan Bernstein, public affairs director at the sheriff’s office, told the Daily News a total of 14 people were hurt, including four who were flown to the hospital by helicopter. Others were taken by ambulance or treated at the scene.

Witnesses told CBS affiliate KHOU 11 that the incident erupted in a lab at the campus’ Health Sciences building.

The detained suspect in the attack has been described as a 21-year-old white male student. A victim above.

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The detained suspect in the attack has been described as a 21-year-old white male student. A victim above.

Student Margo Shimfarr-Evans said she had just left the building when she learned a classmate had been stabbed.

“It happened in the hallway, we have a lab and lecture, and down the hallway it’s all lab classes and a classmate in the lab class got stabbed,” she said.

 At least 14 people were injured during a mass stabbing at a local community college in the northwest Houston area Tuesday morning, according to the local rescue officials.

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 At least 14 people were injured during a mass stabbing at a local community college in the northwest Houston area Tuesday morning, according to the local rescue officials.

Police said at a news conference it was a random “building-to-building attack.” How many buildings or classrooms were involved is unclear. An officer said a student tackled the suspect, who was then detained by police.

Student Michael Chalfan told The Associated Press he was walking to class when he saw a group of police officers running after the suspect. He said one of the officers used a stun gun to help subdue the man, whom Chalfan said he recognized from a drama class last year.

A victim is transported to the hospital via ambulance after a stabbing spree at Lone Star College near Houston on Tuesday. Some victims were taken by helicopter to the hospital with more serious injuries.

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A victim is transported to the hospital via ambulance after a stabbing spree at Lone Star College near Houston on Tuesday. Some victims were taken by helicopter to the hospital with more serious injuries.

Chalfan described the man as “eccentric,” saying he often wore gloves and was known to carry stuffed animals. He said although the man was teased by fellow students, he remained friendly.

“I’m surprised because he didn’t look like he was hateful to the world,” Chalfan said.

Police investigate reports of multiple stabbings at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus outside Houston.

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Police investigate reports of multiple stabbings at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus outside Houston.

The Chronicle reported that Quick, who was once homeschooled, was born deaf and had a cochlear implant at age 7.

The Chronicle reports Quick told a man in the Cy-Fair jail that he wanted to go on a “killing spree” but that the knife’s blade broke.

Multiple people were stabbed outside a Health Sciences building at Lone Star College's Cy-Fair campus on Tuesday.

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Multiple people were stabbed outside a Health Sciences building at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus on Tuesday.

Several calls to Quick’s mother, Tiffany Quick, went unanswered.

An earlier alert put out by the school on Facebook said there were possibly two armed suspects, with one still at large. Bernstein said the sprawling community college campus remains on modified lockdown.

“The first job is to make sure all possible suspects and all possible victims are found and dealt with,” he told the Daily News. “Even though it’s not a run-and-hide situation and people are moving about campus, the second job is to declare the campus is reopened, and that hasn’t happened. The other details are the third thing.”

The campus remains on lockdown as authorities search for possible additional suspects. 

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The campus remains on lockdown as authorities search for possible additional suspects.

Officials said Tuesday afternoon that they believe the attacks are over.

“It appears the campus is now safe, but we have people triple-checking the sprawling campus for other suspects and victims,” Bernstein said. “The campus is on lockdown so we can conduct a full investigation to make sure there’s only one suspect.”

The precise type of knife used in the attack has not been confirmed by authorities. 

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The precise type of knife used in the attack has not been confirmed by authorities.

School officials said the campus is closed for the day, but will reopen Wednesday. About 7,000 people are on the Cy-Fair campus on any given day, police said.

A Lone Star College campus in north Harris was the scene of violence in January when gunfire wounded three people.

A dozen people may have been wounded in a stabbing spree at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus outside of Houston on Tuesday.

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A dozen people may have been wounded in a stabbing spree at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus outside of Houston on Tuesday.

 

Witnesses said that the incident erupted in a lab at the campus’ Health Sciences building.

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Witnesses said that the incident erupted in a lab at the campus’ Health Sciences building.

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