College Students Overpower Slasher

Five women jump on attacker.

College Students Overpower Slasher

Five women jump on attacker.

-Jane Farrell


A man who slashed a woman with a knife in a college parking lot was wrestled to the ground by five female students who came to the victim’s aid.

The 34-year-old target of the attack, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, had taken out an order of protection against the man who knifed her.

The attack occurred Wednesday in the parking lot of Husson University, in Bangor, Maine.

Police said Horst Welk, of Bangor, attacked the victim, whose identity has not been released. Welk is facing several charges including attempted murder and violation of a court order.

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“It was really scary, but I’m glad we got involved,” student Heather Mann, 18, said to the Bangor Daily News. Another student, Jessica Hladik, 21, said her brothers – a police officer and a Marine – showed her how to use pressure points against an attacker. She pressed Welk’s wrist until he dropped the knife.

Husson University spokeswoman Julie Green said , “We’re extremely proud of their reaction. They made a difference today…we’re not going to allow ourselves to be victimized.”

Another school official, Renee Collins, director of counseling services, said, “Three women are murdered every day in this country by their boyfriends or husbands. What these students did today is keep one woman from being murdered.”

The attack is the second in recent days on a college campus: Earlier this week, University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love was beaten to death, allegedly by her boyfriend. (Newser)

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