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September 26, 2013

Suspect in stabbing at Salem State University arrested

SSU spokesperson: Wells is in custody in New York


At least one student expressed frustration at the presence of news media following the lifting of the lockdown.

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

Joan Libby, Cavalier Coach CEO, released a statement yesterday afternoon saying they were cooperating with law enforcement following the incident on their bus.

“We greatly appreciate the immediate action our driver took to protect the passenger from further harm, and we wish him and the passenger a quick recovery,” Libby said.

Salem State police were assisted by Salem and Marblehead police.


Timeline of events

  • 11:10 a.m. Two people, a rider and the driver, are reportedly stabbed on a Salem State University shuttle bus in the Central Campus parking lot. The alleged attacker flees on foot, then in a Toyota Camry.
  • 11:46 a.m. and 12:02 p.m. SSU sends out the first of several campus-wide messages, via email, phone and text message, alerting the university of the incident, including a description of the suspect.
  • 12:30 p.m. SSU issues a "shelter in place" lockdown for the entire campus, including Horace Mann Laboratory School.
  • 2:29 p.m. Salem police release a photo and the identity of the suspect, 25 year-old Timothy Wells.
  • 2:30 p.m. SSU ends lockdown but cancels classes for the remainder of the day. Salem police officers set up at all of the city's public schools to ensure dismissal time goes smoothly.
  • 5:18 p.m. SSU President Patricia Meservey issues campus-wide email, saying the suspect is still being sought and extra police patrols have been added on campus. "It is believed that the suspect has left the immediate area and there is no reason to believe he will return to campus," Meservey wrote. "However, until the suspect is in custody, I ask that you take extra care when moving about the campus and community. Please travel in pairs or groups and be extra vigilant." Salem District Court issues an arrest warrant for Timothy Wells for two counts of assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
  • 11 p.m. Salem State University spokesperson, Karen Cady receives news from New York police that Wells has been arrested and is in custody.

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