Police Say Woman Attacked Professor with Box Cutter at Va. College

The professor was treated for non-life threatening injuries and no one else was injured in the incident.

A woman was charged for slashing a Virginia college professor with a box cutter in the victim’s office on Thursday.

Brittany Burfield, 24, was charged with felony malicious wounding and is being held without bail, reports wtvr.com.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College professor Dr. Douglas Gava was taken to VCU Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Virginia State Police are investigating the incident and are not commenting on whose version of events are included in the criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Burfield entered Gava’s office Thursday afternoon and hugged the professor. The professor then allegedly touched Burfield’s butt. Burfield felt uncomfortable and attempted to leave the office, but Gava grabbed Burfield. Burfield then “reached in her purse to retrieve a box cutter and slashed Gava in the back of the head,” according to the complaint.

Burfield then left the office and was detained by faculty members until campus police arrived.

The college sent a timely notification email to current students, faculty and staff members informing them that an arrest had been made and there was no continuing threat.

Neighbors of Dr. Gava, 68, said the incident seemed out of character for the professor.

Burfield is not currently enrolled at the school.

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