Updated 3 months ago
Two women are recovering after being brutally beaten with a fire extinguisher on the University of Kentucky Campus. Police said the random act of violence happened at the Thomas Poe Cooper Building, in the Forestry Department Thursday morning.
As of Thursday night, both of the UK employees had been released from the hospital, but police said they are pretty banged up. The attack happened inside the building, but because of the victim's quick thinking police were able to catch the suspect.
"It's scary because I walk this campus everyday," said Aubrey Boyers, who works on campus and witnessed the aftermath of the attack.
With classes starting at UK in two weeks, students and people who work on campus are worried for their safety after this latest crime.
"I mean that's brutal, he could have killed her, its scary," said Boyers. She was feet away, walking to work, when the two employees were attacked.
"Well it was early in the morning so I wasn't expecting it, so it was surprising," said Boyers.
It all started around 7:15 a.m. Thursday morning. Police said 23 year old Chase Jackson walked inside and asked an employee if he could use the phone. After he was done, he turned violent.
"He was going down the hallway, he confronted a custodial staff person who he began to assault with the fire extinguisher," said University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe.
Investigators said Jackson bludgeoned the woman for no reason. The initial faculty member who allowed the man to use the phone then ran to an office and called 911.
"He kicked that door in and then began assaulting her with the fire extinguisher," said Monroe.
Luckily the employee's call for help had police on scene within 90 seconds.
"There was three cop cars that came up the lane there, and they all parked on this side street right here and they all got out and ran at once," said Boyers.
Inside police officers saw Jackson beating the woman. They said he then attacked the officers, who quickly took control and subdued him. But, why did this happen in the first place?
"We aren't sure what his motive was for even being on campus, let alone entering a building and doing the assault," said Monroe.
The random crime, plus students heading back to school, have police adding patrols. They are also in the process of adding security cameras to all of the school buildings, but do not have a timeline for when this particular building would be secured. As police do their best to combat future crime, Boyers hopes these two women will be alright.
"I hope they turn out okay, and I hope this doesn't happen again and I hope they find out why the guy did it," said Boyers.
Jackson was arrested for several assault charges, resisting arrest, and burglary. Police said he has no connection to campus and isn't a student or employee.
Police said Jackson has a lengthy criminal history in multiple counties of assaulting people and entering random buildings. They added that he may also have some mental issues.