MIDDLETOWN - (AP) - Authorities late Thursday arrested thesuspect in the slaying of a Wesleyan University student who policesaid had threatened to kill other students and Jews.
A police spokesman said 29-year-old Stephen P. Morgan was takeninto custody in the central Connecticut town of Meriden, about 10miles from Middletown, and turned over to police investigatingWednesday's fatal shooting of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich.
A law-enforcement officer in Washington said Morgan turnedhimself in. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because itwas not his case.
Middletown police said they planned to make an announcement lateThursday night.
Justin-Jinich was shot several times inside a bookstore cafejust off campus by a gunman wearing a wig. Authorities have saidMorgan and Justin-Jinich have known each other since at least 2007,when Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against him whilethey were enrolled in a summer class at New York University.
An official with knowledge of the investigation told The AP thatpolice stopped Morgan shortly after the shooting, spoke to him andlet him go, only to later realize he was a suspect.
When police confiscated Morgan's car they found a journal inwhich he spelled out a plan to rape and kill Justin-Jinich beforegoing on a campus shooting spree, said the official, who spoke onthe condition of anominity because the case is under investigation.
Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colo., came from a Jewish family, andher 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 himselfin "to avoid any further bloodshed."