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ASHEVILLE A naked man who had been a patient at Mission Hospital went on a 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 subdued him in the middle of McDowell Street in front of the high school.

The attack was reported at 8:06 a.m. as the student was walking to 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 male student, a sophomore, was transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital, schools spokesman Charlie Glazener said. He said he could not discuss the extent of the boy s injuries.

The school was not placed on lockdown, Glazener said, but parents were notified of the attacks.

Witness Rachel Ackerman, a stylist at Canine Shear Heaven across the street from the school, said the man was carrying a black book, perhaps a Bible, when she first saw him.

My first thought was that he was a protester, she said. It is Asheville, so it wouldn t be surprising.

But then she saw the man approach the student, who was standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street.

He started trying to take the student s backpack, said Ackerman, who called 911. The student held onto the backpack and wasn t going to let him have it. Then the man started hitting the student in the face.

Two Asheville High teachers a man and a woman along with a school resource officer rushed to the student s aid in the moments before police arrived, witnesses and police said. The male teacher and resource officer had to seek medical treatment after the suspect bit them.

The man also punched a woman in the face who was bringing her dog to Canine Shear Heaven for grooming, Ackerman said. The woman suffered a bloodied lip.

He didn t say anything, Ackerman said. I never saw him open his mouth. It was very scary.

The man attempted to open the door of a passing car and kicked another passing vehicle, Ackerman said.

Police responded quickly, she said, arriving in force within minutes. Several officers subdued Rogers in the roadway.

One cop was on him with his knee in his back, but he was still fighting, Ackerman said.

After the incident was over, a woman who identified herself as Rogers mother came into the grooming shop, where police were still talking with the woman who was assaulted, and apologized for her son s actions, Ackerman said.

She said I m so sorry. I can t believe he did that, Ackerman said.

The incident briefly forced the closure of both northbound lanes of McDowell Street and one southbound lane.

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