Thamer Almestadi, UBC Student, Charged With Attempted Murder In Dorm Attack

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Two men are being credited with saving a University of British Columbia student from a terrifying dorm attack.

Adam Casey and Luca Berg, who also study at the school, were near UBC's Salish House residence on Tuesday when they heard distraught students saying a girl was being assaulted, according to CBC News.

"She was screaming," witness Chantel Almeida told the outlet. She said the attacker had injured the woman's throat with a knife.

Casey, an engineering student from Edmonton, said when he got to the scene, he saw the suspect attacking the woman.

"I tried to get his hands off of her neck but he was holding quite tightly," he told CTV News. "I had to go to him and put him in a chokehold."

Berg, who arrived shortly after Casey, told CBC that he went for the suspect's legs — which were around the victim's neck.

The pair, along with other students, helped hold the suspect down until police arrived.

Thamer Almestadi, 18, has been charged in the attack with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon, according to police on Wednesday. CTV reports Almestadi is an engineering student from Saudi Arabia who also lived in Salish House.

The victim, a first-year student, is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Vancouver Sun.

UBC president Santa Ono said in a statement that the school is focused on assisting the victim and her family.

"We are also deeply concerned for the students who witnessed the assault or who have been affected in any other way and we are providing the help they may need. I appreciate this incident may make some of you feel anxious," he said.

He added that the suspect has been banned from the campus, and that RCMP confirmed there is no risk to the community.

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