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Husson stabbing rescue gets international notice

Posted May 06, 2010, at 10:08 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The story of the five female Husson University students who rescued one of their own Wednesday as she was being attacked and stabbed is making international headlines.

In addition to being contacted by several news networks — including NBC, CBS, CNN and NECN — major newspapers and magazines, Husson spokeswoman Julie Green said Thursday that she had received a message on her Facebook page from a friend in Australia who had seen news reports there.

“Good Morning America” also is working to line up interviews with some of those involved, Green said, adding that the tentative airdate is Monday.

Green said the show’s producers and campus officials are working to decide whether the taping will take place in New York or in the studios of the New England School of Communications, which is on Husson’s Bangor campus.

Other than that, she said, “The campus has returned to normal, but there are a lot of women on campus today who are holding their heads high.”

The incident that put Husson University in the spotlight this week began at about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, when Horst Wolk, 45, of Bangor arrived on campus as his alleged victim, a 34-year-old nursing student, arrived for classes.

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Wolk, who is not a student, reportedly rammed into her vehicle after she pulled into a parking space and then jumped out of his vehicle with a knife in his hand.

Two Husson students — 21-year-old junior Jesse Hladik and freshman Heather Mann, 18 — said Wednesday that they had heard some shouting as they walked past the parking lot. Both said they kept walking but stopped when they heard someone yell, “Help! Call 911!”

Three other female students who also joined the struggle to subdue Wolk declined to step forward publicly.

The women, some of whom had taken self-defense courses, disarmed Wolk and held him down until police arrived. The female victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was released the same day.

The victim’s name and her relationship to the assailant were not released by police. Law enforcement officials did confirm that the victim previously had taken out a protection from abuse order against Wolk.

Wolk, who was arrested Wednesday and taken to Penobscot County Jail, remained behind bars Thursday night, unable to make bail set at $25,000 cash.

Wolk has been charged with attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and violating a protection order and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

It was not clear Thursday how long Wolk has resided in Maine. A background check sought by the Bangor Daily News on Thursday turned up no convictions under his name and birth date in the State Bureau of Identification database.

Attempts to reach the victim for comment were not successful Thursday.

On Thursday, Green said a public recognition ceremony for those involved in the rescue is in the works for sometime next week.

“We’d like to thank them for their courage and for making us so proud,” she said. “The key thing is when to do it.” Organizers are trying to come up with a time and date that accommodates the needs of the students involved. Next week is finals week at Husson.

Counseling is being offered to anyone who wants it, Green said. Husson’s in-house counselors were offered assistance from their counterparts at other area schools, she said.

“I know that they have seen some people in response to this incident,” Green said. She said, however, that she did not know whether any of those who sought counseling were directly connected to Wednesday’s stabbing.

Green said it was unlikely that existing security measures could have prevented Wednesday’s incident.

Campus police arrived within one minute of receiving the 911 call, Green said.

“The only other thing we could do is check every car that comes onto campus, and that would be impossible,” Green said.

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