Student arrested in alleged stabbing at Marple campus

By Victoria Lavelle

Marple Township Police are investigating a disturbance that occurred at Delaware County Community College on Oct. 2.

Police responded to a report of a stabbing after campus security was called to a classroom located in the Learning Commons at the Marple campus around 3:36 p.m, according to police.

While a campus security officer attempted to calm a female student in the classroom, he noticed a knife on a table. He and the student both reached for the knife and a scuffle ensued, according to police.

The security officer, Michael Fahy, suffered several cuts to his hands and was taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Marple Township Police Officer Austin Gallagher was first to arrive on the scene.

“Upon arrival, I made contact with the campus security officer, Michael Fahy,” Gallagher reported. “Officer Faye was bleeding heavily from both of his hands.”

Marple Township Police, along with “other assisting agencies,” entered the classroom where they found the alleged assailant, the police report states.

The student, who was identified as 22-year old Rejar Reiana Murrian-Harris of Springfield, Pa, did not suffer any injuries, according to police.

Murrain-Harris was handcuffed and taken into custody by Marple Township Police. The knife used during the incident was secured by police and taken back to headquarters.

After the arrest, Gallagher reported finding a pink stun gun inside of a black case inside of Murrain-Harris’s backpack, as well as an additional pocket knife.

No one else was hurt and Fahy is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Marple Township press release.

DCCC President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black sent an email to students, faculty, and staff, wherein she briefly explained the incident and reassured the college that the situation had been resolved.

The email announcement marked “Security Incident at Marple Campus” read: “This afternoon, an altercation occurred on the fourth floor of Founders Hall.”

Gates Black advised, “While the issue is resolved, any student wishing to seek counseling may contact the Career & Counseling Center.”

Contact Victoria Lavelle at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

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