UTPD officers responded to experiences of a suspicious individual within the 2800 block of San Gabriel Avenue in West Campus at roughly 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. UTPD tweeted an alert in regards to the incident 2 1/2 hours later, and an official e mail notification was not launched to college students till over 4 hours after preliminary experiences.
Austin cops who led the case decided there to be no ongoing risk, in keeping with Martin Barbosa, a UTPD spokesperson.
An APD consultant stated the suspect disappeared shortly after preliminary experiences got here in, and officers from APD and UTPD have been unable to find the suspect on the time.
“There was a report of what seemed to be a homeless individual (who) picked up a rifle by the barrel,” an APD consultant stated. “One way or the other he simply disappeared into the wind.”
Studies of the incident and a video of the suspect holding what seemed to be an assault rifle unfold throughout college students’ social media, fueling rumors of potential shutdowns on the Perry-Castañeda Library, the Texas Union and different pupil life facilities on websites like YikYak, Reddit and the UT Campus Incidents GroupMe.
The APD consultant confirmed that no lockdowns occurred Wednesday.
An up to date notification Thursday morning stated a UTPD patrolling officer was capable of determine the suspect within the video and confirmed the weapon was a plastic toy. No arrest was made and UTPD acknowledged there continues to be no risk.
UTPD’s up to date notification suggested the group that if any motion is required, probably the most correct data would come from an emergency textual content message and be amplified on official UT platforms.