A knife-wielding man sent the University into lockdown for more than an hour Sunday — and a lack of information about the incident from the Department of Public Safety has students frenzied.
A man was apprehended around 5 p.m. Sunday. DPS Lt. Rahsheem Holland refused to release the name of the man, or any arrest or incident reports regarding the incident.
Though he was taken into custody, DPS officers were still in the process of getting warrants to arrest the man around 10:30 p.m., said University spokeswoman Karen Moon. No one was in custody for the crime at the Orange County Jail at press time.
After brandishing a knife in the Student Union, the man charged toward Lenoir Dining Hall and made a run for Franklin Street, according to witnesses.
The man was apprehended by Chapel Hill Police at Chapel of the Cross on East Franklin Street. He was later turned over to DPS.
“Everything is OK,” said Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Gabriel Shinn. “He was found and he is in custody right now.”
Police are also looking into a Saturday incident that could be related.
Sophomore Peter Diaz said he and and a friend were eating at Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom in the 140 West plaza Saturday night when a man wielded a knife at them. Diaz said that man was the same man who was armed on campus Sunday afternoon.
Diaz said someone called the police, who canvassed the area Saturday night to find the man. Chapel Hill police spokesman Lt. Kevin Gunter said the department received a belated report Sunday night and is now investigating whether the incidents are related.