Former CSULB student charged with trying to stab detective on campus

Maya Angela Allen
Maya Angela Allen

A 23-year-old woman has been charged with trying to stab a detective while fleeing from police at Cal State Long Beach earlier this month, according to authorities.

Police said the woman, who used to be a student at CSULB, attacked the detective while he was chasing her on Sept. 15.

Authorities got a call that day about someone vandalizing part of the campus’ Child Development Center and stealing something from the building, university police said in a news release.

Around the same time, multiple fire alarms were pulled at the university’s music building, and officers headed that way, thinking the two incidents were related, police said.

When they arrived, a detectives spotted a woman “rummaging through an office,” police said.

The detective recognized the woman from a previous arrest, identified himself as a police officer and tried to detain her, but the woman fled, according to authorities.

“The detective gave chase and [the woman] attempted to stab and hit the detective with a weapon,” police said. “Additional officers arrived on scene and were able to safely take [her] into custody.”

Police identified the woman as Maya Angela Allen. Allen took classes at the university in the past but was not enrolled at the time of her arrest, CSULB spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh said.

Prosecutors have charged Allen with assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism, according to court records. She’s pleaded not guilty but remains behind bars without bail, according to jail records.

In June, Allen pleaded no contest to computer fraud and resisting arrest, court records show. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation, according to those records.

Police said although Allen was at the Child Development Center before police found her, “she was never near any of the children and they were not in any danger.”

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