OU's campus closed, armed suspect still at large

5:56 p.m.:

OU will be opened Thursday, according to a campuswide email from OU President Roderick McDavis


3:50 p.m.:

University officials will decide later on Wednesday whether or not to reopen #OhioU's campus Thursday. They advise students to remain in their residences.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.:

Wednesday's basketball game against Eastern Michigan has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 20, according to a Mid-American Conference news release.

There is not confirmation yet on the game's location.

1:53 p.m.:

Wednesday's basketball game against Eastern Michigan has been canceled, according to a tweet from Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi.

UPDATE 12:42 p.m.:

Athens City Schools are currently on lockdown, Superintendent Carl Martin said.

Though there is a lockdown, no students have been sent home.

"We are aware of the situation at hand, and we are waiting for further developments," he said.

No school has been canceled, he added.

All campus buildings have been closed, but dining halls remain open for lunch, according to a tweet from Interim Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones. There will be more details about dinner as the day progresses.

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.:

Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi tweeted that Ohio University will be closed for the rest of the day.

Lombardi said President Roderick McDavis closed campus as a precautionary measure since the suspect is still at large.

Campus will open again Thursday morning.

UPDATE 11:37 a.m.:

Athens Police Department officers cleared initial scene of robbery and are not actively seeking the suspect, APD Chief Tom Pyle said.

Pyle said that after the suspect robbed a woman at 5 Station Street, he fled to OU's West Campus.

APD has filed a report and referred the matter to its investigative unit, Pyle said.

OU's Athens campus is not on a lockdown, though several buildings have increased levels of security and watchfulness, according to OU's emergency page.

Full-time staff are at all entrances of Baker Center and all recreation facilities to report suspicious activity.

In-hall residence housing staff members are available in their buildings for advice and to answer questions.

UPDATE 11:15 a.m.:

Additional officers have been brought into the Athens campus area and are still searching for the armed fugitive, according to Ohio University's emergency page.

The suspect robbed a woman at about 9:20 a.m Wednesday at a parking lot on 5 Station Street, according to an Athens Police Department release.  He carried a semi-automatic handgun, according to the release.

Ohio University reported there was an armed fugitive seen near Station Street and Stocker Center.

The alert was sent via emergency text message at about 10 a.m.

There was an armed robbery at Station Street Apartments; the individual is described as African-American and about 6'1" or 6'2". He was wearing a blue hoodie and blue jeans and was carrying a handgun, according to OU's emergency page.

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