Vancouver, British Columbia – A Muslim student at the University of British Columbia attacked a female student and cut her throat with a knife. But a male student who was trained in Martial Arts put him in a chokehold and didn’t let go until police arrived.
Thamer Hameed Almestadi, 18, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon, after he entered a female student’s dorm room, pinned her down, cut her throat and started to strangle her. He is from Saudi Arabia.
On Tuesday at around 11:30 a.m. police were called to the Salish House Dorm at UBC. They found a male holding the suspect tightly in a chokehold, only releasing him when they arrived and took custody.
Witnesses said that other females who heard the screams ran in and tried to pry the suspect off the girl, who has been identified as Mary Hale, a first year student.
“…From what I know he turned around and pulled out a knife and swung at them and scraped one of their arms. They were freaking out and one of them ran downstairs and got a guy who knew martial arts.
By this time he had already cut some of her throat. He had her pinned down to the ground, strangling her. Martial arts guy came and ripped him off and had him in a choke position. After that the police came and they dealt with the situation.” Chantel Almeida, witness
The good guy with training
Enter Adam Casey, an Engineering student. When the girls told him what was happening, he ran up the stairs to the dorm room.
“I tried to get his hands off of her neck but he was holding quite tightly…I had to go to him and put him in a chokehold.” Adam Casey to bc.ctv news
Casey said he acted without thinking, the product of years of Martial Arts training. Without his intervention, she might have been killed.
It is unclear if the victim and suspect knew each other well. Both were first year students at the dorm, where each lived on different floors. Students say that he had some “weird behaviors” and would pace up and down the hallway at night.
Of course they thought he was just “stressed” from being a foreign student struggling with his studies. Now it’s the students who are stressed and overwhelmed after the vicious attack on one of their own.
Almestadi has been banned from returned to the University. According to BareNakedIslam, Mary Hale has been released from the hospital.
The moral of the story: be ready for anything.