, Salem, MA

November 27, 2013

Salem State stabbing suspect indicted


---- — SALEM — The former Salem State University student charged with stabbing two people on a campus shuttle bus in September has been indicted.

Timothy Wells, 25, of Woburn, will face two counts each of attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the result of indictments handed up by an Essex County grand jury Monday afternoon.

The indictments move the case from Salem District Court to Superior Court, where Wells could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of attempted murder.

The stabbings, which touched off a lockdown and manhunt on campus, took place on the morning of Sept. 25, when, police say, Wells boarded the privately operated Cavalier Coach shuttle bus and made several trips around campus.

At central campus, Wells allegedly got up and approached a female student on the bus, then began stabbing at her hand and arm with a metal object. The bus driver heard the commotion and tried to intervene, police said, only to have Wells turn on him.

Wells then fled. Police briefly pursued him near the campus, which was in lockdown amid concerns of further violence, then called off the chase out of concern for public safety.

Wells was arrested that evening in upstate New York when his car broke down.

He later agreed to waive rendition and returned to Massachusetts, where a judge sent him to Bridgewater State Hospital for evaluation.

He remains held in custody there.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.