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University of Jamestown lockdown lifted

JAMESTOWN -- The University of Jamestown campus was briefly under lockdown Thursday morning as police tried to locate a male student.

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The lockdown was lifted about 11:30 a.m. after police took student Robert Flores into custody, according to emergency emails to students. No one was injured in the incident.

Polly Peterson, vice president for advancement and business affairs, confirmed that Flores was the subject of the campuswide lockdown.

"We had reason to believe there was concerns for the safety of our campus," she said. "The lockdown has been lifted and the subject detained by the police."

An email to students about 11:15 a.m. from Liz Hunt, the school’s assistant to the president, said, "We have a troubled student on campus that has gone missing and we are currently searching for him. The police have been alerted. ... We ask that everyone remain on lockdown until further notice."

The automated text and email warning systems for the students worked, Peterson said.

"We were able to warn our students to stay in place and to lock down the buildings as we planned," she said.

The school, formerly Jamestown College, is a private liberal arts university with an enrollment of about 1,000 students.

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