ASHEVILLE, N.C.-- A naked man who had been a patient at Mission Hospital went on a violent rampage in front of Asheville High School on Thursday morning, attacking and injuring a student.
The man also bit a teacher and school resource officer who tried to help the student and punched a woman who was taking her dog to a nearby grooming business before police managed to subdue him in the middle of McDowell Street in front of the high school.
Asheville police Sgt. Dave Romick identified the man as Timothy Leo Rogers, 21, who had been undergoing treatment at the nearby hospital for a stab wound. Rogers was taken back to Mission for treatment, but he will face multiple assault charges when he is released, Romick said.
The incident was reported at 8:06 a.m. Schools spokesman Charlie Glazener said the man attacked a male student just off campus on McDowell Street. The school was not placed on lockdown.
Witnesses said the man tried to take the sophomore student's backpack and then began punching him. The student was transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital.
Two Asheville High teachers - a man and a woman - rushed to the student's aid in the moments before police arrived. The male teacher had to seek medical treatment after the naked man bit him, Glazener said.
The incident initially forced the closure of both northbound lanes of McDowell Street and one southbound lane.
The naked man's identity has not been released.