Stephen Morgan called 911 Thursday night and Meriden police picked him up. He was taken to police headquarters, and then turned over to Middletown officers, who have been leading an intensive investigation into the Wednesday afternoon killing of Johanna Justin-Jinich, 21, inside a Middletown bookstore.
Police were double-checking to ensure the man they have in custody is Morgan because he had no ID on him, but he did give officers the suspect's correct Social Security number, a law enforcement official said. Morgan told police he'd been out in the rain since the shooting.
Fatal Shooting Near Wesleyan Photos Middletown officers spoke to Morgan shortly after the brutal slaying of Justin-Jinich on Wednesday. Officers let him go after getting his name and contact information, law enforcement sources said.
Morgan wore a disguise, including a wig, inside Red & Black Books when he approached Johanna Justin-Jinich and shot her point-blank seven times, law enforcement sources said.
Morgan then dropped the gun, shed his clothes and the wig inside the bookstore and left but did not leave the area. Instead, when Middletown police arrived, he was one of many people milling around the area who police initially questioned.
An officer asked for his name and phone number in case they needed to contact him later on and let him go, the sources said.
It wasn't until hours later, when police heard Morgan's name as a possible suspect from Justin-Jinich's family, that they realized they had stopped him outside the bookstore.
Also late Thursday, police said they've obtained an arrest warrant charging Morgan with murder and setting bail at $10 million. Middletown and state police as well as U.S. marshals are searching for Morgan. And Wesleyan officials announced they would attempt to resume a normal routine at the university on Friday.
Sources said it isn't clear whether Morgan deliberately hung around to see the chaos he had created or if he was unable to leave because his vehicle was blocked in by responding police officers.
Police did confiscate Morgan's car, which had Colorado license plates. They believe Morgan escaped the area on foot.
Police later discovered a journal inside the car with an entry in which Morgan outlined his plan to rape and then kill Justin-Jinich before going on a shooting spree on the Wesleyan campus.
Police believe that Morgan came to the Middletown area from Boulder, Colo., at least one day before the shootings and stayed in a local hotel overnight.
Sources said that Morgan and Justin-Jinich knew each other from Colorado although they are still trying to determine the depth of the relationship or why Morgan decided to drive across the country to kill her.
Police said Morgan may be targeting the campus and its Jewish community.
In addition to the threats to Justin-Jinich, Morgan's journal entries made threats against Wesleyan and its Jewish students, officials have said.
Morgan, who has connections to New York, Colorado and Massachusetts, has not been apprehended, and university officials are asking students to remain inside and to be vigilant. Police also asked a synagogue nearby to close.
Morgan was not a student at Wesleyan. He and Justin-Jinich participated in a six-week summer program at New York University in 2007. Both were residents in student housing but did not stay in the same residence hall, according to NYU spokesman John Beckman.
Toward the end of the program, Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint with the Public Safety Department, saying she had been receiving harassing e-mails and phone calls from Morgan, he said.