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University of Jamestown Locked Down Over Threat

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University of Jamestown students haulted their Nov. 7 morning schedules when campus locked down.

The school made the decision to do so after an they say student and suspect Robert Flores sent an electronic threat to some students.

"This morning we became aware of a situation that we felt was concerning for our students," says Vice President of Advancement and Business Affairs Polly Peterson. "It was in our student's best interest to let them know they should either stay where they are or get to a place where we knew they were safe," she says.

The school notified students of the lock down through text and email.

"We all got emails saying that Robert Flores was just a troubled student and that he threatened some students," says University of Jamestown Student Sean Lambert.

The lock down went into effect at 10:30.

"We dispatched officers from the Jamestown Police Department, Stutsman County Sherrif's Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, North Dakota BCI and the Stutsman County Narcotics Tasks Force. All went to the area and were searching for the suspect," says Jamestown Police Department Chief Scott Edinger.

Meanwhile, concerned students waited.

"I was in the cafeteria. They locked us down there when everything started happening- police officers walking around," says University of Jamestown Student Jessica Walters.

Police detained Flores and no weapons were found. The lock down was lifted around 11:30.

"We started receiving information from businesses downtown that he was in the downtown area" says Edinger.

Although everyone was safe, still many unanswered questions remain.

"Kind of weird that that was going on" says Lambert. "Didn't really expect it out of anyone here," he says.

Robert Flores is being held at the Jamestown Police Department while the incident is being investigated. A woman was also detained with Flores. She was interviewed and released.


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