Salem State suspect arrested in New York
SALEM, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police say they have arrested Timothy Wells in New York after he fled the scene of a stabbing at Salem State University on Wednesday.
New York State Police responding to reports of a disabled vehicle on the Taconic State Parkway in Chatham, N.Y., just after 8 p.m. Wednesday interviewed the driver and identified him as Wells. Chatham is close to the Massachusetts state line.
“I’m surprised he made it that far to New York, but I’m glad they caught him,” said Heidi Holloway, relieved student.
“New York State Police got a report of a disabled vehicle outside of a tollbooth. The responding troopers encountered him and the vehicle license plate was listed as a wanted vehicle,” said Chief Gene Labonte, University Police.
Wells was a student at the school, but was on a voluntary leave of absence.
An arrest warrant was issued for Wells as a suspect accused of stabbing a random female passenger and the bus driver in the chest.
“I saw the driver get off the bus. He was holding his chest. The police officer put his arm around him and tried to calm him down a little bit. It was crazy,” said Stephanie Barilone, student witness.
The bus driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The female victim refused transport to the hospital.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.