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September 26, 2013

Suspect in stabbing at Salem State University arrested

SSU spokesperson: Wells is in custody in New York

SALEM — The suspect in a stabbing at Salem State University yesterday morning has been arrested in New York, according to university spokesperson Karen Cady. Timothy Wells, 25, of Woburn is in custody after police arrested him on Taconic State Parkway in upstate New York late last night, she said.

“Obviously, the authorities in New York state will be working with local authorities to discuss extradition,” Cady said.

No more information on Wells’ arrest was available before press time last night.

The entire city was on high alert yesterday after a man, later identified by police as Wells, reportedly stabbed two people on a Salem State University shuttle bus, fled the scene and remained at-large until he was arrested about 12 hours later.

The SSU campus, including Horace Mann Laboratory School, was under a “shelter in place” lockdown order for more than two hours yesterday.

Police swarmed the SSU area yesterday afternoon and were stationed at each of the city’s public schools during afternoon dismissal.

The incident happened around 11 a.m., when police say Wells approached a female student on the shuttle while the bus was in SSU’s 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 female student did not know her assailant, Cady said.

The suspect got off the bus, fled on foot across Loring Avenue, got into a car and took off into the city, Cady said. Police pursued him down Jefferson Avenue but stopped the chase for safety reasons, according to Salem State police Chief Gene Labonte.

The license plate on the car led officers to the suspect’s family, police said.

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