University Student Slashes Sleeping Roommate, Is Charged With Attempted Murder

Santa Clara University student Dillon Sang Kim, 19, stabbed his sleeping roommate in the throat and slashed his forehead in their northern California dormitory. When his victim broke free, Kim chased him to continue the attack, according to prosecutors cited by the AP. The 19-year-old victim’s name has not been released.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Kalila Spain said that the victim awoke at about 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday to find roommate Kim standing over him with a knife, according to My Fox Philly. The incident occurred inside Graham Hall at Santa Clara University.

Spain stated the following, noting that the victim is lucky to be alive.

“The victim was stabbed in the throat. He started struggling with the defendant. He was cut in the forehead. He was also cut in the shoulder as well.”

The victim subsequently ran through a shared bathroom to a suitemate’s room. When he fell, Dillon Sang Kim again stabbed him in the upper back. A suitemate soon called 911, according to My Fox Philly.

Kim allegedly later turned the knife on himself, cutting his own throat. A large cut wound circling around his throat is evident in his mug shot. He was later arrested and treated at the hospital.

The victim remains hospitalized at the Valley Medical Center and is expected to recover. According to the AP, no motive for the attack has been released, but authorities say that the attack was unprovoked.

Dillon Sang Kim went before Judge Deborah Ryan at the Santa Clara County Courthouse, shackled and in a yellow jumpsuit. Kim, who has been charged with attempted murder, did not enter a plea Thursday in court. He is being held without bail.

Dillon Sang Kim’s attorney Emma Bradford was not available for comment on Friday.


Deepa Arora, a spokeswoman for the University, stated on Thursday that Kim has been suspended. Santa Clara University released a statement to KTVU FOX 2.

“The Office of Student Life, Residence Life, Campus Ministry, Campus Safety Services and the University’s counseling center are available to assist students and their families should they have any concerns or questions. The University is cooperating closely with Santa Clara Police Department in an active and ongoing police investigation. The health and welfare of our students is of paramount concern to the University, and we are doing all we can to assist the affected families. There is no ongoing threat.”

Jacqueline Williams, a student who also lives at Graham Hall where Kim and his victim resided, stated that she knows the victim and hopes he makes a full recovery, saying that “he’s the kind of person that’s friends with everybody, he’s really athletic and super nice.”

More violence occurred recently with a student who died from a self-inflicted gun wound while playing Russian roulette, as cited in the Inquisitr.

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