SALEM (CBS) — A man who police say jumped on a Salem State University shuttle bus and slashed two people late Wednesday morning has been arrested in New York.
The attack happened around 11 a.m. on Loring Avenue as the bus turned into Central Campus.
A shelter in place order was put into effect on the campus and on Horace Mann Lab Elementary School. It was lifted around 2:30 p.m.
Classes were canceled for the rest of the day.
“Emergency preparedness training became very important to this university, especially after Virginia Tech,” university spokeswoman Karen Cady said. “And this is proof-positive of how effective this is.”
A warrant was issued for 25-year-old Timothy Wells of Woburn in connection with the slashing. He was wanted on assault with intent to murder charges. Salem Police say he was arrested in New York Wednesday night after his car broke down on the Taconic State Parkway.
School officials say Wells is enrolled in the school but is currently on leave.
Police tell WBZ, he has had run-ins with police in the past.
Police believe Wells jumped on the bus and slashed a female student on the top of her hand. The woman says she did not know her attacker.
The driver stopped the bus and tried to intervene and was slashed on the chest.
Both wounds are said to be superficial. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The man then got off the bus, ran toward CVS Pharmacy on Canal Street and jumped into a waiting car, the school said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports