Posted at: 09/26/2013 9:48 AM
| Updated at: 09/26/2013 4:57 PM
Timothy Wells is suspected of slashing a woman in Salem, Mass. as well as a bus driver who tried to help her.
SALEM, Mass. - Timothy Wells, 25, of Woburn, MA apparently ran out of gas. Police said he got out of the car and started walking. A trooper found him on the Taconic State Parkway.
"He stopped and started conversing with that individual and he did find out he was the person form that disabled vehicle," said State Police Lt. Gene Hallenbeck
Police said Wells was acting funny, inconsistent in his speech and was easily agitated. The trooper at the scene ran his name and license plate. But investigators said nothing came up out of the ordinary on the national database.
"It's a nationwide database that it gets entered into. Anybody that runs it anywhere in the country will get what's called a hit," Hallenbeck said.
But police didn't stop there. They called the authorities in Woburn and asked them if they were familiar with Wells. That's when they discovered he was a wanted man. He's accused of jumping on a Salem State University Shuttle bus in Massachusetts on Wednesday morning, slashing a female student and stabbing the bus driver who tried to intervene. He took off and jumped into a waiting car, according to police. University police said they did put a watch for Wells and the car on the database.
"The responding license place was listed as a wanted vehicle. He was listed as a wanted person in the database," said University Police Chief Gene Labonte.
But New York State Police said without that phone call to Massachusetts, they would have had no reason to detain wells.
"Good police work. He realized something wasn't right. He kept investigating, looking into it further," Hallenbeck said.
University police said Wells was a student at the college. But he was on leave. He is locked up, awaiting extradition to Massachusetts. The people he's accused of slashing had non life-threatening injuries.