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September 27, 2013

SSU stabbing suspect remains held in NY jail

SALEM — The suspect in Wednesday’s double stabbing on board a campus shuttle bus at Salem State University is being held without bail at the Columbia County Jail in Hudson, N.Y., on a fugitive from justice charge, authorities there said.

It remained unclear yesterday whether Timothy Wells, 25, of Woburn will agree to return to Massachusetts voluntarily by waiving extradition.

Wells was arrested just over the Massachusetts state line in Chatham, N.Y., shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, after New York state police went to investigate a report of a broken-down vehicle on the Taconic State Parkway, according to the New York state police press release.

He appeared yesterday in the Town of Livingston Justice Court, which is similar to district courts in Massachusetts, for arraignment on the fugitive from justice charge. A judge ordered him held without bail.

Wells will have to make another court appearance in New York next week, said Salem State University spokeswoman Karen Cady.

If Wells agrees to waive extradition, he could be picked up by Massachusetts state police and brought back to face pending charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

If he fights extradition, Massachusetts officials would have to seek a governor’s warrant, a process that can take weeks.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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