Students at California College Told to Shelter in Place After Third Stabbing in a Week
The University of California, Davis advised students to stay inside early Tuesday morning as police searched for a suspect involved in the third stabbing near the campus in less than a week, according to a university announcement.
A shelter in place order was issued around 1 a.m. PDT for local residents while police searched for “a light complected male with curly hair, 5’6 to 5’9 tall, thin build wearing a black or blue sweatshirt, black adidas pants with white stripes, black shoes carrying a brown back pack,” according to the university’s website. The victim reported that she was stabbed “more than one time through a tent” late Monday night.
The order was lifted by local police at approximately 5:20 a.m., UC Davis News & Media Relations’ Andy Fell told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The suspect matches a description of an individual involved in previous stabbing incidents, the website reads.
A 50-year-old man was killed on Thursday, and a UC Davis senior was killed on Saturday at different parks near campus, CNN reported. The suspect in the Saturday incident is described “as a light-skinned male, possibly Hispanic, 5’-7” to 5’-8” tall, 19-23 years of age, with long curly loose hair,” according to a Davis police update.
“This is the second fatal stabbing occurring in Davis in the last 4 days. Although there are common factors between these two brutal crimes, such as the brutal nature of the crimes and that the suspect likely used a knife, there are no known connections between the victims; investigators are still determining whether the incidents are linked,” the update read. “The Davis Police Department is working closely with all county law enforcement partners, including the FBI and the California Department of Justice, to support our ongoing investigation.”
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Additional security will monitor the UC Davis campus and extra “Safe Ride” services will be provided for students who need transportation off-campus, the university announced on Monday. Students are advised to use a variety of safety tactics including traveling in groups, changing up travel routes, being aware of surroundings, trusting instincts and to walk with confidence at a “steady pace.”
“The Department understands the uncertainty, fear and panic that is arising in the community,” Davis police wrote. “A substantial number of extra officers have been deployed to conduct directed patrols around schools and parks, and to ensure an enhanced public safety presence throughout the City. At this time, it is strongly recommended that the community remain vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and call the Davis Police Department if anyone acting violent, suspicious or matching the description provided is seen.”
The Davis Police Department did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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