WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Friday, a 46-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison for a hammer attack on a George Washington University student in a campus bathroom, says U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
Mohammed Niazi of the United Kingdom was found guilty in August 2013 of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with significant bodily injury, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
According to evidence presented at trial, on the afternoon of Oct. 9, 2009, Niazi entered a men's bathroom on the second floor of Duques Hall and started hitting a student in the back of the head with a metal hammer. The victim attempted to defend himself against Niazi, but continued to be attacked inside a foyer between the hallway and the main bathroom. Other students rushed to the victim's aid as he stumbled out of the bathroom. Niazi fled down the stairs and out of the building.
Detectives obtained images of the suspect from security video and issued a campus-wide e-mail alert. A tip led police to a nearby coffee shop where Niazi was spotted shortly before the attack. Using security video and credit card transaction records from the coffee shop, police obtained Niazi's name and his Virginia driver's license photo.
Authorities say the day after the attack, Niazi bought an airline ticket to London, and fled the country the next day. On April 4, 2013, Niazi was caught when he tried to travel through Panama. He was returned to the United States and authorities say he has been in custody since that day.