Tuesday Mar 24 2009
Student in serious condition after College stabbing
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Suspect booked on attempted murder charge
A 22-year-old remains in custody after allegedly stabbing an Auburn man multiple times at a local community college campus. Paul Heintz of Rocklin was booked into Placer County Jail on an attempted murder charge following his alleged attack Tuesday afternoon on Sierra College’s Rocklin campus. The victim, 21-year-old Alex Abrahamian, a former Sierra College student, was immediately transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and rushed into emergency surgery. Abrahamian was listed in serious condition as of Wednesday morning. The attack occurred in mid-afternoon when, according to several student witnesses near the scene in front of the college’s science hall, Heintz ran up from behind and stabbed the victim four to six times in the upper body and back. The victim also suffered from defensive stab wounds on his arms as he was trying to stop Heintz. A Sierra College student reportedly ran up and pushed Heintz off of the victim. Heintz, a current student at the community college, dropped his knife, sat on the sidewalk and waited for police, according to witness statements. Heintz was also transported to the hospital for a complaint unrelated to the altercation, officials reported. The two men apparently knew each other, according to Rocklin Police Department Capt. Dan Ruden. Ruden said detectives believe the fight was over a woman who was with one of the men at the time of the stabbing. Her identity has not yet been released. Ruden said Heintz was charged with attempted murder because preliminary interviews with witnesses indicate that the attack was possibly premeditated. Sierra College officials said Wednesday they are continuing to provide support to students and staff impacted by the incident. Sue Michaels, college spokeswoman, said the college brought in counselors and will continue to provide support through crisis lines. “We’re trying to make sure our students and staff have the support they need,” Michaels said Wednesday. “For some of them it was certainly very, very traumatic.” Michaels said the college is continuing to keep track of the victim, and their “thoughts and prayers” are with him and his family. Michaels added that the college’s campus police department responded very quickly to the scene and apprehended the suspect. She said the college is “very proud” of how the Rocklin Police Department handled the incident. “The one thing about this is there were some really heroic things that happened,” Michaels said. The school was not locked down because both Rocklin Police and Sierra College officials determined it was an isolated incident. Counselors were provided at the scene, Ruden said. The altercation remains under investigation. Heintz remains in custody without bail. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment.