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Former Rutgers Student Charged in Stabbings at Business School

What to Know

  • A student and a faculty member were stabbed at Rutgers' business school in Piscataway Friday
  • They and the suspect remain hospitalized
  • Rutgers was briefly placed on lockdown after as authorities investigated

A 25-year-old former Rutgers student has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes for allegedly stabbing a student and a faculty member at the college's business school in Piscataway last week. 

Joshua Thompson, of Mountainside, has been hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick since the stabbings Friday. Witnesses said he may have been trying to hurt himself. 

The two victims remain hospitalized as well. 

Thompson's bail has been set at $1 million. Information on an attorney for him wasn't immediately available. 

The school tweeted out an alert shortly before 3 p.m. Friday urging students and faculty to seek shelter after getting reports of the stabbings. 

Students on campus described a chaotic scene. 

"I just hear yelling, and like sort of a struggle go down, then people started getting up looking frantic," said Stephen Mourad of Edison. 

Sophomore Nathan Gabriel said he saw a woman in a chair, and a lot of blood. 

"I saw professors bring her towels to put on the wound, to apply pressure," he said.

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