A Marymount University student was recovering from surgery after another student slashed him across the abdomen, exposing his intestines, during a fight inside a school dorm room, Arlington police said Monday.
Another student, 20-year-old Francis Joseph Maguire, was charged with malicious wounding in the attack that police said started as “horseplay” during a Friday night gathering inside a mutual friend’s room.
The two students were among a group that had congregated in a Berg Hall dorm room Friday evening. Horseplay between the two men turned into a physical fight, with Mr. Maguire being the initial aggressor, Arlington Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. The other student, an 18-year-old, punched Mr. Maguire in the face, breaking his nose. Mr. Maguire then retrieved a pocket knife and stabbed the student as the fight spilled out into the dorm hallway.
“He was stabbed in the lower left portion of the abdomen, exposing his intestines and lacerating his pancreas,” Mr. Sternbeck said of the victim’s injuries.
When police arrived at the dorm, some students were attending to the victim’s injuries while others were seen tossing alcohol out of dorm windows. Mr. Maguire had locked himself inside his dorm room with his girlfriend, who was trying to help him with his broken nose, Mr. Sternbeck said. Police had to get a master key from university staff in order to access Mr. Maguire’s room. He has thus far been unwilling to talk with investigators, Mr. Sternbeck said.
The 18-year-old victim, who lived on the same dorm floor as Mr. Maguire, was recovering at INOVA Fairfax Hospital on Monday.
Neither police nor university officials were aware of any prior altercations between the two men.
Students involved in physical fights on campus can be disciplined per the school’s student code of conduct and could face anything from minor sanctions to expulsion as a result, said Shelley Dutton, vice president for communications at Marymount.
“There will be assessment as to whether one or both of these students is subject to any penalties under the student conduct policies,” Ms. Dutton said.
While unable to comment on the two students’ specific cases, Ms. Dutton said anyone “considered a danger wouldn’t be allowed back on campus.”
Inside Mr. Maguire’s dorm room, police said they also found drugs. Virginia court records indicate he has also been charged with drug sales on school property and distribution of marijuana.
Mr. Maguire, of Burke, Va., is expected to have his arraignment in Arlington County Court on Thursday.
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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