Salem State stabbing suspect arrested in Chatham, NY

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September 26, 2013, 5:07 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Salem, Mass.) – Wednesday night, the man suspected of stabbing two people on a Salem State University shuttle bus was taken into custody.

University officials say Timothy Wells was taken into custody by police Wednesday night on the Taconic Parkway in Chatham, N.Y., close to the Massachusetts border.

He's facing a fugitive from justice charge. It's unclear when he'll be extradited.

Salem State students will see an extra police presence after Wednesday's incident.

Students are feeling a sense of relief knowing Wells has been arrested.

Salem State University confirms around 10 o'clock Wednesday night, 25-year-old Wells was arrested in New York State. He was apparently having car trouble in the same brown Toyota authorities were looking for, and he stopped on the Taconic Parkway. State police assisted him and realized there was something wrong and somehow learned he was wanted in Massachusetts. New York State police arrested him. It also turns out, Wells, a native of Woburn, Mass., took a leave of absence from Salem State University in early September. A police source told NECN Wells has a history of mental health issues though Salem State University would not confirm any mental health problems.

All this came after a terrifying day at Salem State when the campus and a nearby elementary school were placed on lockdown.

Authorities believe Wells stabbed two people on a campus bus. Apparently a female student was stabbed in the hand, and a driver who jumped up to help her also had minor chest injuries.

"It was out of the blue. Nothing happened. She didn't say anything. It just came out of nowhere," said Shannon O'Connor, a Salem State University student.

Police believe it was a random attack on people Wells didn't even know.

Wells is being held at the Columbia County Jail in New York.

Extradition could take up to a week.

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