A student who told police he fantasized about stabbing people since he was eight years old was charged Tuesday with carrying out a building-to-building attack at a Texas community college that wounded at least 14 people, many of whom were stabbed in the face and neck, authorities said.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 20-year-old Dylan Quick used a razor utility knife, and that he told investigators he'd been planning the attack at the suburban Houston campus for some time.
Quick was scheduled to appear in front of a judge late Tuesday night, but is considered a mental health patient and was not immediately bought to court to hear charges against him, KTRK, an ABC affiliate reported.
He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and held on $300,000 bail. It wasn't immediately clear if additional charges would be filed.
The overnight judge said Quick provided a videotaped confession, admitting to the stabbings with an exacto knife "because of his fantasy to kill people," KTRK reported.
One eyewitness told KTRK that Quick appeared happy after he was arrested, and had a "sinister look on his face, kind of a smile and a satisfaction grin."
School officials and sheriffs held a press conference Wednesday morning and described a bloody scene that only lasted a few minutes.
Campus President Audre Levy said college police were notified of the attack at 11:13 a.m. Tuesday and that Quick was taken into custody at 11:17 a.m. Authorities said students assisted by tackling Quick and holding him down outside the health science building until police arrived.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said Quick has been "forthcoming" with investigators and indicted to them that he had been planning the attack for some time. Garcia said authorities were investigating a motive but that the attacks at the school's health sciences center appeared to be random.
Authorities were seen entering Quick's parents' home in a middle-class neighborhood of Houston late Tuesday. No one answered the door or the phone at the red brick house, where two vehicles were parked in the driveway, including a Honda Accord with a license plate that said "DYLAN." It was not immediately known if Quick had an attorney.
"I can't imagine what would have happened to that young man to make him do something like this. He is very normal," said Magdalena Lopez, 48, who has lived across the street from the Quick family for 15 years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report