UT Tyler investigating campus threat, seeking man who may know more
While there are no suspects or persons of interest, they say they'd like help tracking down this man because they believe he has the information they're looking for.
University of Texas at Tyler authorities are still investigating threatening
phone calls that starting coming into campus Thursday.
Friday, school officials released a photo of the person who they say has
valuable information about their investigation. However, university police
will not say who the person is. They are not calling him a suspect or a person
of interest. Right now, they want help locating this individual so they can speak to him.
Campus officials say the threats are keeping them busy, but students on
campus didn't seem to be phased. A Patriot Alert text message notified students that university police were
investigating a possible threat to campus. As students were taking care of business before the weekend, not everyone got
"I haven't got a text yet. I don't know when that text will come... if it
will come," says UT Tyler student Jefferson Geeslin.
Jefferson says he usually gets university alerts, but he didn't know about this
one. After digging through his email, he found a message from the school, but
like some other students it left him with more questions.
"Am I looking for someone sneaking around? There are people that just kind
of slink around and look suspicious all the time," says Jefferson.
"It was so vague, the email, that it made me think, like, ok... what kind
of threats, you know? Is it a bombing or a shooting?" asks Daniel Gee, who
also hadn't received an alert text message.
According to the text message, university police had nothing to substantiate an
imminent threat to campus. The message goes on to say, "calls seemed to
suggest a possible threat involving a narrow time frame that appears to end
"The campus does a good job with security so I wouldn't be too
worried," says Gee.
For the most part, students weren't worried.
"Not really. You're just more aware of your surroundings and what's going
on," says DeMarcus Metcalf.
"It makes me think twice if I want to stay out later that usual,"
School officials say they're busy investigating the threats "which
appeared to indicate the possibility of armed violence toward an individual or
group of individuals."
While there are no suspects or persons of interest, they say they'd like help
tracking down the man in the photograph attached to this story because they
believe he has the information they're looking for.
UT Tyler says they'll have increased police presence at campus events over
the weekend. That includes the Rose Festival Coronation Friday evening and
homecoming events scheduled for Saturday.