A man wielding a machete injured two people during an attack on the University of Arkansas campus Thursday (Sept. 3) evening. One of the injured is in critical condition, but neither of the victims were students at the university.
The suspect was injured as well, and transported to a hospital before being arrested.
The UA Police Department sent out the following bulletin yesterday:
At approximately 7:18 p.m. two individuals were injured by a white male with a machete. The suspect was apprehended. The event occurred in the wooded area on University property south of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and east of Razorback Rd. Both of the victims were transported to the hospital and one of the victims is in critical condition. We believe at this time that the individuals involved are not affiliated with the University. We have no further information at this time.
As part of a general safety suggestions, everyone is reminded to use caution when walking alone. As a safety precaution if you are going out, you are strongly advised to go out in groups or call for an escort. Requests for police escorts on campus should be made by calling 479-575-2222. When traversing the campus, always be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert for anyone approaching you or your vehicle. Do not hesitate to contact the University Police Department at 479-575-2222. Text tips to the University of Arkansas Police Department at 479-800-0405.
The attack went down in a wooded area leased by the University that is known as a homeless campy. Witnesses reportedly saw the suspect running into the woods, and a man asking for help with a piece of cloth covering a wound on his neck.