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Failing grades possible motive for student's attack on parents, police say

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 31 2013 03:59:00 PM CST

A college student has been arrested for allegedly stabbing both of his parents while they slept inside their Berks County home.

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. -

A college student has been arrested for allegedly stabbing both of his parents while they slept inside their Berks County home.

"I never remember anything like that happening here, ever, ever. It's a very quiet neighborhood," said Angel Lanza, a neighbor of the family in Caernarvon Township.

The quiet neighborhood was rocked by what police said happened early Monday morning inside a home on Dover Court.

Robert O. Hausch used a 7-inch fixed-blade knife to stab both his mother and father in the neck as they were sleeping, police said.

"Wow. Wow, that's sad," Lanza said.

Officers entered the home shortly before 5:30 a.m. The mother was "holding her neck with a towel covered in blood," according to court documents.

She then directed police upstairs to the bedroom, where officers said they found the suspect and his wounded father in a struggle.

The father was "holding his son down with one hand and holding the right side of his neck with his other hand," according to court documents.

The mother told officers the attack may have been the result of an earlier dispute over the son's college grades, according to a police report.

In that report, the mother told police her son acted "very upset" after she confronted him about five failing grades he received earlier that week.

She told police she had been writing a letter to the college for an explanation just hours before the attack.

"Very sad, especially the holidays and everything, for the whole family," Lanza said. "Very sad."

Both parents were transported to Reading Hospital for treatment.

Hausch, 20, was arraigned on multiple charges, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He committed to the Berks County Jail on $100,000 bail.