WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man was convicted on Thursday for a hammer attack on a George Washington University student, officials said.
Mohammed Niazi, 45, of the United Kingdom, was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with significant bodily injury, and carrying a dangerous weapon for the 2009 attack.
On October 9, 2009 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Niazi entered a second floor bathroom of Dugues Hall and hit the victim in the back of the head with a hammer, according to evidence.
The victim tried to defend himself while Niazi continued to attack him in a foyer between the hallway and the main bathroom. Students rushed to the victim's aid when they saw him bleeding and the suspect fled, officials said.
George Washington University police obtained images of the suspect from security videos and issued a campus alert.
The day after the attack, Niazi bought an airline ticket to London and fled the country the next day. He was apprehended on April 4, 2013 when he tried to travel through Panama, officials said.
His sentencing is scheduled for October 22, 2013.