, Salem, MA

September 25, 2013

UPDATE: Warrant issued for Salem State stabbing suspect

College confirms suspect Timothy Wells is a student there

By Bethany Bray

---- — UPDATE, 6 p.m.: Salem State University has confirmed that stabbing suspect Timothy Wells is a senior at the college. He took a leave of absence from the college in early September, said Karen Cady, SSU spokesperson.

Police continue to search for Wells, a 25 year-old Woburn resident, and have issued a warrant for his arrest. Wells is wanted for two counts of assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Cady said.


UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: Salem police have released a photo of the supsect in a reported stabbing on a Salem State University shuttle bus this morning.

Police are looking for Timothy Wells, 25, of Woburn, in connection to the incident. Wells is believed to have fled the scene in a 1999 brown Toyota Camry.

Salem State has lifted its "shelter in place" lockdown order this afternoon. Salem police were on hand to ensure dismissal at all of the city's public schools went smoothly this afternoon. Residents were also given a description of the suspect and vehicle in a reverse-911 message this afternoon.


UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Salem State University issued a "shelter in place" lockdown order this afternoon as the stabbing suspect may have returned to campus.

No classes are being held and students are being told to stay where they are, close and lock doors and stay away from windows.

The "shelter in place" lockdown order includes Horace Mann Laboratory School, a public elementary school on the Salem State campus.

Police continue to search for the suspect. Anyone who sees the suspect or a brown 1999 Toyota Camry with license plate 804NTM is urged to call SSU campus police at 978-542-6111.


12:15 p.m.: Two people were injured by an assailant on a Salem State University shuttle bus this morning.

The reported stabbing happened around 11 a.m., when a male bus rider approached a female bus rider while the bus was in the Central Campus parking lot.

"He went toward her and inflicted a superficial slash on the top of her hand," said Karen Cady, SSU spokesperson. "The bus driver got up to intervene and the assailant went after him, and inflicted a superficial laceration on his upper chest."

The male suspect got off the bus, fled on foot across Loring Avenue, got into a car and took off into the city, Cady said.

Salem police issued a "be on the lookout" bulletin for a brown 1999 Toyota Camry just after 11 a.m. Salem State officials sent out a campus-wide bulletin alerting the university of the incident at 11:46 a.m.

The bus driver was taken to the hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries. The female victim declined to be taken to the hospital and will be OK, Cady said.

It is unknown if the suspect is a SSU student, Cady said. People do not have to show any type of student identification to ride the shuttle buses, which run a loop between Salem State's north, south and central campuses.

"He could have just boarded one of the buses (without being a student)," Cady said.

The suspect is described as a white male with long red/ blonde hair, some facial hair, approximately 20 years old, wearing a white shirt, gray baseball cap, khaki pants and red sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salem State University Police at 978-542-6111 or anonymously at 978-542-TIPS (8477).

The bus driver is an employee of Cavalier Bus Lines, and is not employed directly by SSU, Cady said.

For ongoing updates and details, check back to and see Thursday's edition of the Salem News.