VSU student charged in stabbing
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Oct 23, 2013, 17:04
CHESTERFIELD — The suspect in last week’s stabbing at Virginia State University has turned himself in to police.
Kemal Jackson-Hinton, a 22-year-old, senior English major from Fort Washington, Md., was charged in Chesterfield County with one count of aggravated assault, according to VSU spokesman Tom Reed.
The stabbing came during a series of fights at a bazaar for student groups on campus during homecoming week Wednesday evening.
Several hundred people were at the event on University Avenue when the incident started around 5:45 p.m.
The campus was locked down around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and it was lifted at 7 a.m. Thursday.
The school’s emergency alert system was activated, notifying students that they should stay inside, and outside police agencies were called in to provide assistance.
The student who was stabbed was treated at a local hospital and released.
A criminal complaint filed in General District Court says the victim was stabbed with a blade approximately 6 inches long, causing a wound to the leg that was 2 inches long and 5 centimeters deep and required two stitches.
The victim and several other witnesses identified Jackson-Hinton as the attacker, the complaint says.
Jackson-Hinton was arraigned in Chesterfield District Court on Oct. 22 and is still in custody, according to court records. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 16.