RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Police arrested 18-year-old Nevada student Christopher Stephen Williams around 2:30 this morning after he allegedly stabbed a 58-year-old woman who works in White Pine Residence Hall with a pocket knife.
News 4 talked to university police and students about what this means for campus safety.
“Makes me nervous knowing that on campus someone can just walk in and stab someone else,” said Peggy McBride-Henslee, a Nevada sophomore.
McBride-Henslee was walking past White Pine Residence Hall early this morning. She didn’t see anything, but around that same time a campus employee was stabbed – allegedly by 18-year-old student Christopher Williams.
“He was apparently acting somewhat erratically,” said University Police Chief Adam Garcia. “She talked to him. Sometime during the conversation she was stabbed. He fled and she contacted us.”
Garcia says the victim went above and beyond by protecting students, contacting police and identifying her attacker before seeking medical treatment.
“She is to be commended for taking the safety of her residential students and of the community over her own wounds,” Garcia said.
Nevada students didn’t see this coming.
“Honestly I was really shocked because I feel like the residence halls should be the safest place in campus,” said Paola Basquez, a Nevada freshman.
“You don't really expect young people to be going around stabbing each other,” said Adam Turnbull, a Nevada sophomore.
“I didn't really think it would happen here on campus,” McBride-Henslee said.
Garcia says no one should feel unsafe.
“In this particular case, it was unprovoked and it was random,” Garcia said. “So I don't believe that there's a threat to our students, or faculty, or staff or anybody in our community.”
Students seem to agree.
“I'm not really worried I think it was a one-time thing,” Basquez said. “I think maybe the student had issues going on, but I'm not concerned of something serious like this happening again.”
Williams is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm and assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim was taken to the hospital for surgery.
News 4 will be following this story and will have more details as they are available.