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U of M student, university officer being treated after needle attack by suspect with Hepatitis C inside campus building

Updated: November 19, 2019 09:26 PM

There is new information about an attack at the medical library inside Diehl Hall on the University of Minnesota campus.

The alleged victim was at the medical library for a study session when he was attacked with a hypodermic needle.

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When KSTP asked the University of Minnesota for details about the incident Monday, the station was given very little information.

On Tuesday, KSTP obtained 72 pages of details, documenting a very frightening, and what appears to be a random attack, that started inside a campus building that injured both a student and a police officer.

Just as the Minnesota Gopher's versus Maryland football game was nearing an end on the afternoon of October 26, 28-year-old Adam Garcia was tazed by University Police at the East Bank Light Rail Station and was taken into custody.

According to police documents, Garcia was bloody, and had been running from police with "a large serrated knife that appeared to have a foot long blade."

Student stabbed with hypodermic needle in U of M building weeks before security changes go into effect

Officers were called to the area after a man studying in the library of Diehl Hall noticed someone who he later identified to police as Garcia "walking around empty book shelves and staring at him."

The victim said he "felt uncomfortable and walked down to the second floor of the library to find security."

That's when he said the suspect started to run after him.

The victim got to the circulation desk where two staff members were.

He said the suspect stood nearby "at an empty table just pacing back and forth," then interrupted, asking staff about a "leisure place like a movie theatre or restaurant."

But before he left, reports state he "poked the victim with an unknown sharp object on his upper left leg."

The victim said he "felt a burn" on his left thigh and noticed it "was bleeding" and then called police.

When officers caught up with Garcia, police reports state he was spitting blood and mucous at them.

Reports indicate officers found needles on him.

He was taken to the hospital where reports state he tested positive for Hepatitis C.

The victim from the library, as well as a university police officer who suffered two puncture wounds and a cut on his right hand, were taken to the hospital.

The victim and the officer are now being treated by doctors.

Adam Garcia is facing several charges, including assault, harassment and obstruction.

Monday, KSTP reported on the University of Minnesota making security changes to 11 health sciences buildings on campus. The buildings will be closed to the public during evenings and on weekends due to safety concerns.

Those changes go into effect on Dec. 2.

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