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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

Court convicts man of striking student with hammer in 2009 attack

The Metropolitan Police Department pulled Niazi’s photograph, which GW released in a campus advisory in 2009, from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Hatchet File Photo

A man was convicted Thursday of attacking a student with a hammer in a Duques Hall bathroom three years ago.

Mohammed Niazi, originally from the United Kingdom, was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with significant bodily injury and carrying a dangerous weapon, WUSA9 reported.

Niazi, who was living in Virginia at the time, entered Duques Hall in December 2009 and attacked a graduate student in the second-floor bathroom. The student suffered a 3-inch gash to his head and major – but not life-threatening – injuries.

The student tried to defend himself as Niazi continued to attack him in the foyer outside the bathroom, and passersby ran to help him. Niazi fled, and the University Police Department identified him through security tapes. He then flew  to London and was apprehended in April 2013 when he attempted to travel through Panama.

The court has scheduled his sentencing for Oct. 22.

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