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Cal State Fullerton lockdown: student thinks she saw fleeing suspect

December 12, 2012 | 10:53 pm

A student still waiting to be released from an hours-long lockdown at Cal State Fullerton believes she may have caught a glimpse of a suspect who remains at large.

Maddie Karpuzyan, a 19-year-old from West Covina, said she had just ordered a latte on the first floor of  Mihaylo Hall when an African American male in his late 20s burst through glass doors nearby. He knocked books out of another woman's hands and fled across the hall through another door that led to the campus.

"I was like, maybe he is late for class," she said. "But he didn't really fit in."

Within seconds, the alarm sounded in the building and Karpuzyan thought it was a drill.

Students started rushing to get out of the building and Karpuzyan followed. She found herself camped out at a nearby restaurant patio hours later, working on homework because she was stranded on campus.

"I just want to go home, I have finals to study for, I have work at 8 o’clock in the morning,” Karpuzyan said.

She said she didn't realize the campus lockdown would last for hours.

"I just kept thinking everything was going to be solved," she said.


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