Charly Haley, Forum News Service, Published November 07 2013
Student in custody after lockdown at University of Jamestown
Robert Flores was found in downtown Jamestown after police searched both on and off campus, said Scott Edinger, Jamestown police chief. Flores has been cooperating with police while in custody, Edinger said.
The lockdown was issued about 10:45 a.m. after Flores threatened specific students, Edinger said.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police and university officials have not elaborated on what exact threats were made.
Flores, 18, has not yet been charged, and Edinger said Thursday that police will probably communicate with the Stutsman County State’s Attorney Office sometime today.
“It could range from no charges to disorderly conduct to terrorizing,” Edinger said. “Really, all the details are kind of scattered at the moment.”
Flores started at the University of Jamestown this fall as a business administration/communications major after being signed to the wrestling team, according to the Jimmie Athletics website.
He’s from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and was named California Interscholastic Federation’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Last month in Jamestown, Flores pleaded guilty to consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to court records.
The university’s wrestling roster online does not list Flores on the team.
The school, formerly Jamestown College, is a private liberal arts university with an enrollment of about 1,000 students.
This was the school’s first campus lockdown, said Polly Peterson, vice president for advancement and business affairs.
Students were informed of the lockdown through a string of emergency emails and text messages.
“We had reason to believe there were concerns for the safety of our campus,” Peterson said.
Students said that while the situation was scary, the emails and texts were helpful.
“Honestly, I probably wasn’t very scared because the professors were quick (at informing us),” said junior Markelle Kudrna, who had been in class at the time of the lockdown. “It made me feel safe, I guess.”
Sophomore Emma Bellmore also said being in class made her feel safe during the lockdown. It was scarier for some of her friends who were alone in dorm rooms, she said.
“It wasn’t terrifying until we got the email that they were looking for a specific person,” Bellmore said. “Then it just became real for me.”
She and other students stayed in contact with friends and family through texting during the lockdown, letting them know they were safe, she said.
Senior Alannah Dosh was working alone in a ceramics classroom when the lockdown was issued.
She said she wouldn’t have known about the lockdown if a professor hadn’t been checking classrooms and found her.
“The professors did a very good job,” she said.
Dosh and Kudrna said it was scary to have the lockdown shortly after students were warned of an unrelated incident with the possibility of an armed man on campus earlier this week.
An intoxicated Jamestown man was on campus Sunday evening and allegedly told a student he was armed, prompting campus security to alert students and Jamestown police.
The man had no weapon when he was taken into custody Sunday and will not face state charges, Edinger said.
“It’s strange that it happened in the same week,” Dosh said. “It’s been a crazy week.”
Reporters Keith Norman and Kari Lucin contributed to this article.