PISCATAWAY, NJ—Three victims, including a former student that police have said is the perpetrator, have been injured and remain hospitalized following a stabbing that occurred at the Rutgers Business School at approximately 2:30 pm on November 4.
Three days later, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) Chief Kenneth Cop identified the suspect as Joshua S. Thompson, a 25-year-old resident of Mountainside, New Jersey.
Police still have not identified either of the victims, described as “a faculty member and a student” in a November 7 press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO).
Thompson was charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is currently lodged at the Middlesex County Jail on $1 million bail.
The faculty member, the student, and Thompson remain hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, according to published reports.
On the day of the incident, the Rutgers Business School in Piscataway found itself under lockdown for about 75 minutes.
Chief Cop sent out a crime alert to the Rutgers community later that day at 6:27pm, noting the “isolated incident.”
“The suspect entered a University office where he attacked two affiliated individuals with a knife without provocation,” read the alert. “The victims were able to flee from the office and responding Police Officers took the suspect into custody upon arrival.”
The first crime alert was sent out at 2:45 pm, notifying the Rutgers community of the stabbing, and advising people to avoid the area and or to take shelter.
RUPD officers named Ruditsky and Russell were the first to arrive on the scene, according to sources.
At 3:29 pm, another RU-Alert informed the community that a suspect is in custody, the area is safe, and the police have opened up an ongoing investigation.
According to the Daily Targum, a Rutgers Business School student, Suiyi Jiang, noted she heard screams from the fifth floor of the building around 2:40 p.m.
The Targum reported Suiyi Jiang’s perspective on the matter: “I wanted to charge the battery on my phone and I was waiting for my class to start,” she said.
“I just heard the screams. Some faculty members went to the room and wanted to figure out what happened. Then another guy called the police and said ‘Somebody is stabbing. There’s blood everywhere,'” the paper quoted Jiang as saying.
Rutgers spokesperson EJ Miranda addressed the incident, stressing that “There is no danger to the community,” and saying that more details would be released in the future.
According to the Daily Targum’s report, the University re-routed its buses away from the area, and also checked ID’s and documented the names of people who were leaving the building where the crime occurred.
Rutgers Campus Information Services also sent out an email later that afternoon, at 5:51 pm. The email informed the Rutgers community of the incident, and stressed that the community is no longer under danger.
The Division of Student Affairs will hold counseling and supports services to those affected by the event, according to the message.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Rutgers University Police Department at (732) 932-7211.