Saint Mary's College student stabbed while helping homeless

Dwayne F. Newsom

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) A Saint Mary's College student was stabbed Tuesday while helping the homeless at a South Bend church.

It happened around 10 a.m. at Broadway Christian Church in the 1400 block of Carroll Street.

According to witnesses, 43-year-old Dwayne F. Newsom suddenly attacked the female victim.

Officers cared for her prior to the arrival of medics.

She's in stable condition, according to the school. Police say the injury was potentially life-threatening.

Newsom was captured by other responding officers thanks to two witnesses

"Many of our students serve at a variety of community organizations planned to meet health needs for individuals and the community as aligned with the mission of the College," Saint Mary's said in an email to students and staff.

The student was serving at a nursing clinical "as part of a longstanding community nursing placement," according to the school.

Students and staff at Saint Mary's College received the following message on Tuesday:

Dear Saint Mary’s Community,

At approximately 10 a.m. today, January 23, 2018, a student was stabbed off campus while serving as part of a longstanding community nursing placement. The student is receiving treatment.

Many of our students serve at a variety of community organizations planned to meet health needs for individuals and the community as aligned with the mission of the College.

The safety of our students is our highest priority. If you have questions and concerns, please reach out to me.

For students wishing to receive support, the Health and Counseling Center is open today and the EAP program is available for faculty and staff. Campus Ministry is also a resource for the Saint Mary’s community.



From the South Bend Police Department:

South Bend Police arrested a man accused of stabbing a volunteer helping the homeless at Broadway Christian Church in the 1400 block of Carroll Tuesday morning.

According to witnesses, Dwayne F. Newsom, 43, suddenly attacked the female victim. Officers first on scene tended to the victim and cared for her prior to the arrival of medics. Doctors at the hospital said the injury was potentially life-threatening and credit the quick actions of officers, medics and medical staff with saving the victim’s life.

Newsom was captured by other responding officers thanks to two witnesses, and officers were also able to recover the probable weapon used in the stabbing.

The police department sincerely thanks the community for their assistance in helping us resolve this incident.