Dorm Stabbing Victim, Attacker Not Students

Henrietta Strickland
May 15, 2018

In the wake of the incident, the university released the following statement on social media once the situation was safe: "Based upon the available information at that time, police determined there was no further threat to the student population and campus community..."

According to reports, the victim and suspect are college-aged males, but authorities are not sure if they are students of Sonoma University.

Update: Lisa Vollendorf, who is an Incident Public Information Officer and Provost took to Twitter and explained that they are now working on ensuring the safety and security of their residential students and staff.

However, student residents who spoke to NBC Bay Area said they believe both the victim and suspect are students.

"We heard some screaming and I ran outside to see what was going on because it was obvious; no joking around, screaming", recalled Stickels. He started walking down the stairs.

Investigators also recovered a bloody knife near the victim's body.

Kyle Stickels, a Sonoma State student, recounted to CBS San Francisco the brief encounter he had with the alleged suspect as the latter fled the scene.

"I don't know, it's kind of scary", said Rodarmel, a junior. "And he looked at me and he said, 'I was attacked.' And at that point, me and my friends started telling everyone to get inside".

Stickels says the man did not seem to be injured. It wasn't his blood. "He was moving fine", he said.

Police cordoned off the entrances and exits to the Alicante building with tape and students were ordered not to leave their rooms.

Roommates Kayla Jordan, 19, and Lisa Rodarmel, 21, live off campus, but came to the university after the stabbing to pick up Rodarmel's girlfriend, who lives in one of the other buildings in Sauvignon Village. Displaced students were offered lodging that night at area hotels, but all declined, finding space with friends and family, SSU spokesman Paul Gullixson said.

Final exams were set to begin today and the university is urging those who feel unable to take their exams to contact their professors as soon as possible as some students have been unable to return to their residence halls.

The murder was the first in the school's 57-year history.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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