Police hunt suspect who stabbed a security guard at a private Brisbane girls' school

Published: 13 September 2017


Queensland Police are hunting a suspect believed to be armed and dangerous, following a stabbing at a Brisbane elite girls’ school early this morning.

At approximately 5.30am, a security guard at Somerville House was attacked and injured by an intruder.

Police said the attacker fled on foot, and is believed to have jumped onto a train. 

The 51-year-old guard was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition requiring surgery, the ambulance service reported.

Police warn the offender is likely still armed with a knife.

Queensland Police have released a photograph and identity of a man who they think may be able to assist them with inquiries relating to the incident. 

Khia Gribben, 25, was last seen at a bus stop located outside Lutwyche City shopping centre on Gympie Road just after 6am.

The public is being advised if they see this man to not approach him and to call Policelink on 131 444.


Police wish to speak with the man in this photograph in relation to the incident 

Police remained at the school until approximately midday today, scouring the property and reviewing CCTV in hopes of identifying the attacker.

Despite the frightening incident, classes at the school continued as usual today, with staff reassuring parents the grounds are safe.

Somerville House communications director Sarah Dreaver said the school has an extensive surveillance set up, and parents have been kept informed since 7am.

“We consider it to be a really unfortunate, random incident,” Ms Dreaver told The Courier Mail.

No students witnessed the incident, and distressed students are being offered support.

The school is also offering support to the family of the security guard, a much-loved member of the school community.

“The school’s rallying behind him and his family as we do in the Somerville way,” Ms Dreaver said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the security guard and his family at this time.”