No weapon involved in high alert situation on ISU campus

Published 02/13 2013 09:20AM

Updated 02/14 2013 09:52AM

Latest: 8:30 am, 2/13/13, Wednesday
NORMAL -- Officials say there was no weapon involved in the emergency situation at Illinois State University Tuesday. ISU says Nathan Thomas was arrested around 4 pm Tuesday.

They say it started when Thomas allegedly threatened to shoot a student. That student then assumed Thomas had a gun, and reacted.

The University sent out an alert that afternoon warning people to stay inside and avoid the area. Thomas is being charged with disorderly contact.

Update: 4:30 pm, 2/12/13, Tuesday

NORMAL -- Illinois State University Police have a suspect in custody. The emergency situation has ended. Residence hall and dining center restrictions have been lifted. All campus operations will continue as scheduled.

Original: 4:00 pm, 2/12/13, Tuesday
NORMAL -- Illinois State University is on alert. A person with a weapon was last seen near Watterson Towers on campus.

Illinois State University's website sent out an emergency alert around 3:30 pm Tuesday. University leaders warned everyone to be alert, not to approach the suspect and seek shelter.

The suspect, Nathan Thomas, is described as a black man, about 6'1", with dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a white hat, a black coat with red and black stripes on the waist and wrists and baggy pants. All residence halls and campus dining facilities are currently restricted to residents.

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