Santa Clara University Student Arraigned For Stabbing Roommate

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

A 19-year-old was arraigned on Thursday for what is being described as a “bizarre stabbing” of his roommate earlier this week.

Dillon Sang Kim, a student at Santa Clara University, stabbed his sleeping roommate multiple times in the upper body with a knife at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the prosecutor. Kim then apparently cut himself on the neck–a mug shot of Kim (Warning: Graphic image) shows a gruesome stitched wound wrapping around his neck.

Kim did not enter a plea when he appeared in a San Jose courtroom yesterday. He is scheduled to be back in court on Tuesday; in the meanwhile, he is being held at the Santa Clara County Jail without bail, according to Mercury News. A woman believed to be a relative began openly weeping during the hearing when Kim appeared in shackles.

Police are still investigating the motive, saying that the attack was unprovoked. Deputy District Attorney Kalila Spain said the victim of the stabbing was “very lucky to be alive.” The attack began when the victim, also a 19-year-old sophomore, woke up to see Kim standing over him with a knife in his hand.

Kim stabbed his roommate multiple times in the throat, head and shoulder before the victim was able to scramble to an adjacent dorm room, where another student called 911. Police arrested Kim outside Graham Hall, an on-campus housing unit with over 350 undergrads, but not before Kim cut his own neck, producing the gruesome scar.

A number of Santa Clara students, who are also trained EMTs, are being credited with potentially saving the lives of both Kim and his victim, according to ABC News. They usually are the first to respond to medical emergencies on campus, and the students on duty that morning treated the two before they were transferred to a hospital.

The victim is currently in a hospital recovering from his wounds.


Featured image courtesy of Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group