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UCLA student, 20, is booked in stabbing of classmate

October 8, 2009 | 10:27 pm

A UCLA student was booked tonight on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with an attack this afternoon that left a female student with her throat slashed.

Authorities identified the suspect as Damon D. Thompson, 20.

A student who was inside the Young Hall chemistry lab when the attack occurred just past noon told The Times that he looked up as the assailant appeared to be repeatedly punching the victim. The assailant then calmly turned and walked away as the victim lay bleeding profusely.

More photos Law enforcement sources said some type of verbal altercation occurred just before the attack, but the relationship, if any, between the assailant and the 20-year-old victim was unclear.  

Witnesses said they saw a woman staggering out of the sixth-floor lab with a teacher's assistant applying pressure to her bloody neck moments after the attack, which was reported at 12:21 p.m.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she apparently was undergoing surgery.

The suspect was taken into custody by UCLA police, who sealed off Young Hall, home of the school's chemistry department. Police said they don't know of any motive for the attack.

--Andrew Blankstein

Photo: UCLA students are interviewed by campus police after a male classmate slashed the throat of a female student in a campus science lab.

Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times