Friday, March 22, 2013 - 4:10pm | Updated Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 10:06am
UD alumna who sliced student's neck in class undergoes psych eval
It's still unclear why a University of Delaware alumna sliced a student's neck with a pocket knife during class Friday.
It happened around 2:00 p.m. during a lecture at Kirkbride Hall, where UD police say Alicja Stawkowski, who lives in Boulder, Colorado and graduated from the university in 2008, used the small knife to inflict a minor laceration to the neck of a 20-year-old woman, sitting in front of her.
UD Police Chief Patrick Ogden says Stawkowski then calmly left the classroom, but didn't exactly leave the scene.
"The suspect actually circled around the building--there's two doors into this particular classroom building--circled back around, walked in the other door and took a seat back in the classroom again. At that point students in the class notified police and she was immediately taken into custody without incident," Ogden says.
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Stawkowski faces charges, including assault and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and is at Christiana Hospital undergoing mental health evaluation. Ogden says they're not sure why she was in the classroom at the time of the incident.
The student was treated at Christiana Hospital for a non-life threatening laceration, which did not require stitches.
Ogden says they don't believe there's a connection between the victim and Stawkowski and police haven't been able to determine a motive.