MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Authorities late Thursday arrested the suspect in the slaying of a Wesleyan University student who police said had threatened to kill other students and Jews.
A police spokesman said Stephen P. Morgan, 29, was taken into custody in the central Connecticut town of Meriden, about 10 miles from Middletown, and turned over to police investigating Wednesday's fatal shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich, 21.
Justin-Jinich was shot several times inside a bookstore cafe just off campus by a gunman wearing a wig. Authorities have said Morgan and Justin-Jinich have known each other since at least 2007, when Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against him while they were enrolled in a summer class at New York University.
Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colo., came from a Jewish family, and her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor.
Morgan's brother told the AP that Morgan wasn't anti-Semitic. His family issued a statement pleading with Morgan to turn himself in "to avoid any further bloodshed."
Apparently applying the lessons of Virginia Tech, police and administrators locked down the 3,000-student campus and stepped up patrols as authorities initiated a hunt for the killer.
Wesleyan officials had told students to stay indoors and staff members to stay home. Most buildings on campus were locked Thursday.
In dorms, students in flip-flops, gym shorts and pajama pants shuffled downstairs to pick up box lunches.
"We're supposed to do some work, but really I just keep checking my e-mail and checking on friends and letting people from home know that I'm OK," said freshman Christina Yow of China. "Anything to distract."