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New Brunswick: Rutgers Business School Stabbing Suspect Charged

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers student suspected of attacking a fellow student and a faculty member with a knife at the business school on the Livingston campus has been identified and charged with attempted murder, officials said Monday.

Police said that Joshua S. Thompson, 25, of Mountainside is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of a weapon for attacking two victims at the school on Rockafeller Road in Piscataway Friday afternoon.

The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in an office on the fifth floor of the school when Thompson entered the office and attacked a former student and a faculty member without provocation, police said.

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The two victims were able to escape from the office and Thompson then stabbed himself, police said.

Rutgers police responded to the scene quickly and took Thompson into custody, police said.

All three individuals were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment.

A professor inside the building at the time of the incident said it took place on the fifth floor of the facility.

Police locked down the building for about 75 minutes during the incident, but later cleared the scene and classes resumed, the professor said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Rutgers Executive Vice President Antonio Calcado said in a statement to the university community Friday night. “Please know that the safety and security of the Rutgers community is a paramount concern.”

Calcado said the university’s police department was on the scene quickly and put out a text alert to the students and staff about the incident.

He said a second alert was sent once the suspect was in custody and the area was deemed safe by police.

  Grief counselors from the Division of Student Affairs were available for students following the incident and will continue support services for students affected by the incident, he said.

“While this act was an isolated incident, we understand the concerns that members of our University community may have, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available,” he said.

Thompson is currently in custody, police said.

The Rutgers University Police Department is actively investigating this incident and asks that anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time contact the Rutgers Police Detective Bureau at 848-932-8025.

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