Chico State students on edge after reports of suspicious man

Chico State students still on edge after a suspicious man was spotted lurking around campus.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 5:50 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2019 2:09 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State students are still on edge after there were reports of a suspicious man on campus. 

"I'm just happy that everybody is a lot more calm today a lot more facts are getting out so I think just the stress level on campus is a lot lowered down," Chico State Senior Nadya Abelsky. 

Monday morning a student posted a picture of a man on social media he said had been in the library asking strange and disturbing questions.

Abelsky said she saw the post on every social media platform, warning her to stay away from campus.

"He was asking kind of weird questions that you wouldn't really normally ask on an everyday basis like, 'what are the floor plans? How long does it take to get from this side to this side of the library just evacuation plans so it caused red flags so I understand why it caused a panic," she said.

University Police Chief John Reid said they have confidence the man wasn't even on campus on Monday.

"We were able to locate the individual that was pictured in the social media post and because he had exhibited some behaviors that were disuptive on campus not concerning to us of the standpoint of being threatening or imminently threatening to our community, but none the less disruptive to our operation we issued a stay away order for him," Reid said.

Reid said it was almost like a version of the telephone game and social media blew up.

"At this point as sort of a review of what's happening who generated the post and why and not from a standpoint that they did anything wrong but more of a stanpoint of helping us understand did that person or does that person have some information that we don't have," Reid said.

Reid said it's important students get their information from an official university police platform - Abelsky agrees.

"I feel like people really need to get the proper information before releasing it just caused it caused a huge panic at the school I called my parents my mom was crying I know multiple peoples parents didnt want them to go to class like people need to get their facts straight before they really blast it on social media," Abelsky said.

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