Suspect charged in syringe attack


The man who stabbed the patron in the foot with a syringe is being charged with assault. The Columbus Dispatch has this article.\"It was unprovoked and there\'s no real motive at this time,\'\' Michalec said. \"How do you assess what the motive is?\"

\"Authorities do not know the motive for the attack, or what was in the syringe, said OSU police Chief Ron Michalec. The syringe and its contents are being tested at the Columbus police crime lab. Results should be available this week.\"

\"The victim, Weidong Zhu, 33, was seated at a table with friends when she felt liquid on her foot, a sharp pain and then a man -- who apparently had crawled beneath the table -- walking rapidly away, police said.\"

\"Zhu said she later noticed blood on her foot. She was treated in the OSU Medical Center emergency room and released.\"

\"Zhu, who was wearing sandals, notified library personnel who called 911 and detained the man until OSU police arrived. Pannell fled after an undercover officer working in the area identified himself. Pannell was arrested after a brief foot chase.\"

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