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Pasco student accused of punching school employee

Published:   |   Updated: January 23, 2014 at 04:12 PM

An adult student at Marchman Technical Education Center was charged Tuesday with punching a maintenance worker on the school’s campus, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

About 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Michael Alexander Fabian, 22, approached a maintenance worker, whose identity was withheld by the sheriff’s office, on the New Port Richey campus and punched him near his left ear, according to the arrest report.

After the blow landed, the victim ran into a nearby bathroom and locked the door, deputies said. Fabian, 4037 Chadwick Ave., Spring Hill, was able to gain access to the bathroom, but was restrained by other school employees before he reached the worker.

The incident was not provoked, deputies said.

The school employee was taken to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital for treatment.

Marchman offers vocational education programs for both adults and traditional high school students. Fabian, who was in Marchman’s electricity program that trains electricians, is no longer a student as a result of the incident, school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

He has been ordered to stay away from all Pasco school facilities or face trespassing charges, Cobbe said.

Fabian is charged with battery on a school employee, burglary with assault or battery, and battery on a law enforcement officer. He remains in the Land O’ Lakes Jail with a $60,000 bond.