John Abbott student seriously injured in on-campus attack

March 2, 2012

A John Abbott College student was scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on her hand Friday after an attack at the Montreal CÉGEP last Tuesday also left her with a serious head injury. The 21-year-old was heading to her vehicle in a campus parking lot when her attacker struck her head with a blunt object, says the victim's sister, adding that her sibling broke her finger while fighting off the attacker and that he calmly walked away as she lay on the ground. Another sibling says the parking lot is not monitored by a security camera, and the path where the attack happened is poorly lit -- something John Abbott disputes. A college official says a notice was sent Thursday to all students and staff advising them of the attack, which she says marks the first time the CÉGEP has been the scene of such a violent crime. "We feel the security we have is adequate," the official says, adding that the path where the student was targeted is well-lit, in an open area, and with an emergency phone nearby. Police are searching for a male suspect in his mid-20s, approximately 5'10'', who was wearing a short black jacket and black tuque and had a partial beard. Montreal Gazette