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Police are searching for a suspect after a third stabbing in the past week occurred around the University of California, Davis campus early Tuesday morning.
The suspect in the Tuesday incident matched the description of the suspect in two recent fatal stabbings in Davis, the school said in a news release.
The school sent a campus alert around 1 a.m. local time Tuesday advising students to shelter in place after the stabbing took place in the area of 2nd and L streets, the school said.
The Davis Police Department located the female victim, who said the suspect stabbed her multiple times through a tent, police said. Authorities took her to the UC Davis Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Tuesday morning.
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What police say about the suspect
Police described the suspect as a male with light complexion, curly hair and about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a thin build. The suspect was wearing a “black or blue sweatshirt, black Adidas pants with white stripes, black shoes” and was carrying a brown backpack, police said in a Tuesday morning update.
Davis police are working with authorities in the Yolo and Sacramento areas, and are searching for the suspect in surrounding neighborhoods using drones and canine units.
Davis police said officers were not able to find the suspect in a “detailed search” of the city that concluded Tuesday morning, adding that authorities would continue to patrol the area.
Third stabbing in a week
UC Davis police had provided extra security Monday night after the recent fatal stabbings in the city.
Authorities believe there’s a connection between the latest stabbing and two previous incidents: the fatal stabbing of UC Davis senior Karim Abou Najm at Sycamore Park on Saturday and the fatal stabbing of David Henry Breaux at Central Park on Thursday.
The three stabbings are within 5 miles from the UC Davis campus.
“I know many of you are frightened by what’s happened, especially so quickly after the stabbing incident that occurred on Thursday,” UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May said in a news release posted Sunday.
“Our Police Department is collaborating with the city of Davis Police Department to provide all available resources to assist in the search for the suspect or suspects, and to provide extra patrols in the city and on campus,” May said.