The University of Houston sent an emergency email to its students warning about an armed man possibly seen on campus, but did not lock down the campus. This caused students to worry about whether or not they should still go to classes. The University of Houston has since reported that the alert has been canceled as of 4 p.m., and the subject is not considered to be in the vicinity anymore. Here are the details about what happened.
The alert came after police were following aggravated robbery suspects from Pasadena, Click2Houston reported. The suspects realized that police were following them, and they bailed near I-45 and Cullen Boulevard. Authorities believed that at least one of the men ran onto the campus near the baseball field.
The suspect is a black male wearing a grey shirt with black sleeves, and black pants, the university reported in its email to students and staff. He was seen carrying a weapon and students and faculty were urged to avoid the west side of campus. More specifically, the areas of concern are the Stadium Complex area, Athletics Alumni, and the baseball field. The Athletic Complex and UH facilities were searched and later cleared.
A description of the weapon he was carrying was not available. The university has not been placed on lockdown, which left students concerned about whether or not they should still go to class.
A professor from Valenti School of Communications said there was a large police response.
Other people in the vicinity also shared the police response.
Some students reported seeing a man arrested, but he did not match the description from the alert:
Students who were on campus at the time barricaded the doors to their classrooms, just in case.
This is a developing story.