Campus searching for person responsible for threats

Published on Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:41 - Written by From Staff Reports

The University of Texas at Tyler was looking for a person officials believe might have information about threats to campus security.

The university received several phone calls Thursday afternoon to different people on campus.

The calls seemed to indicate the possibility of armed violence toward an unnamed individual or individuals, according to a UT Tyler news release. 

The threats prompted officials to increase law enforcement presence on campus and encourage anyone with information about the man in question or any suspicious activity to inform campus police.

Police believe the person might have information that would be valuable to the investigation, according to the release.

Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 903-566-7300.

University spokeswoman Beverley Golden said the calls received Thursday were random in nature and came to university phones from early to late afternoon.

“The calls seemed to suggest a possible threat involving a narrow timeframe that appears to end this weekend,” according to a university news release.

Mrs. Golden declined to say how many calls were received or if the caller sounded like a male or female. She also said it was unclear if one or more people made the calls because multiple people received them.

These are busy days for the university with the last of the week’s homecoming activities scheduled for today. In addition, the Texas Rose Festival coronation happened at the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus on Friday.

The increased campus security i­n the form of additional police officers will remain in place throughout the weekend or until the situation is resolved, according to the news release.

University police are working with several other departments including UT Health Northeast, UT System and city of Tyler, according to the news release.

Officials urged the campus community to remain aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity by calling 903-566-7300 or 911.