Salem State student charged in stabbing of professor

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SALEM, MASS. >> A 24 year old Salem State University senior has been arrested and charged in connection with the stabbing of a faculty member.

Police say Stephen Chastian will be arraigned in Salem District Court Thursday morning on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and attempted murder. Officials have so far declined to identify the victim, who was stabbed in the neck.

Karen Cady, a university spokeswoman says the unidentified faculty member suffered non-life threatening injuries and remains hospitalized but is recovering well. She says the professor didn't know the student.

The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the university's Meier Hall. Police say Chastain fled and was caught about a block away.


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