Courts & Crime

Man described as anarchist charged in attack on college dean

A student holding a knife bolted from a Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley computer lab Tuesday morning and for a split second stared into Associate Vice Chancellor Tom Vansaghi's eyes.

"It was as if he looked at me and then said to himself, 'No, you're not the one I want,’" Vansaghi recalled.

The 22-year-old student — wearing black clothes and a bullet-resistant vest — darted past Vansaghi and lunged at Al Dimmitt Jr., stabbing the campus dean of instruction in the neck.

Dimmitt, 55, fell to the floor, his attacker on top of him.

Vansaghi and MCC Chancellor Mark James wrestled the knife away and pinned the attacker down. Students and staff raced to help. Some quickly turned to Dimmitt, using their hands and later paper towels to stem the flow of blood.

Dimmitt underwent surgery at an area hospital and was in stable condition later Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Casey Brezik of Raytown with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

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