Suspicious person arrested

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Troy University Police Department arrested a man Tuesday on the university campus after he attempted to elude police.

The individual was wanted on an active warrant for carrying a concealed pistol, said Lt. Brian Weed of the Troy Police Department. Weed said police would not release the name of the man arrested since he was only 20 years old and could qualify for youthful offender status.

Troy University Dean of Students Herbert Reeves said the incident took place after officers observed a trio of men on George Wallace Drive and in various buildings on campus, including the Trojan Center.

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When police asked the men for identification, the suspect did not have any student identification and was asked to present a government issued ID card.

“The officers went to get the ID and he snatched the ID card and ran out of the building,” Reeves said. “He was intercepted and detained, and it was found he had a warrant with the city of Troy.”

Following the incident, Reeves sent out a campus-wide email warning students, faculty and staff to follow general safety precautions following the arrest. Weed furthered Reeves statements saying to always call law enforcement officers if someone seems out of place, or you are concerned for your safety in any situation.

“Whether it’s on campus or in your complex, if you see somebody that looks out of place or suspicious notify law enforcement officers,” Weed said. “Do not assume someone else will call, or that person is up to nothing. If they’re not up to anything, or if they are innocent or they are there for a legitimate reason they have nothing to worry about. We’ll just check them out and let them go. Our best tool is the public, more crimes are solved by the public and concerned citizens giving us information than anything else.”