Regent student injured in ‘malicious attack’ on campus

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A sophomore student at Regent University was injured after being assaulted Tuesday morning on campus.

Regent University sent out an alert informing students and faculty of the incident. The university said in a statement that the student was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The alert from the school told students and staff to be on the lookout for a thin-built white male, about 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, who was wearing a dark hoodie over his face.

Campus police say this suspect is wanted for what they said was a malicious attack on a student, and was last seen at Foundation Hall between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

“It was really scary just to hear that happen around campus, because we are such a tight knit group,” said Regent student Quaneisha Roberts.

CBN/Regent University Police Chief Chris Mitchell spoke to the media briefly Tuesday and noted that the student was “doing fine.”

“Because of the incident, we have increased patrols,” Chief Mitchell said. “We are actively talking to our students, communicating the need for their safety.”

Students say this is normally a very safe campus, but they plan to take more steps to stay safe.

“People have been talking about walking in groups now and I drive to someone of my night classes now, because it is a long walk,” said student Alyssa Purkerson.

Police would not get into details of the attack, though they did say a student ID is needed to get into Foundation Hall. Authorities are actively investigating the incident.

“Anything that happens on my campus happens on my watch, and I take it very seriously,” Mitchell said. “We have a safe campus here, we enjoy a safe campus.”

Call Regent campus police at 757-226-2075 if you encounter someone fitting this suspect description.