Emergency alarms and text alerts went out at East Tennessee State University on Tuesday night after a man wanted on a warrant for a domestic assault charge wandered onto campus to avoid being arrested by police officers who were searching for him.
According to Johnson City Police Lt. Rick Stevens, officers had attempted to stop the man, Daniel Cash, 22, 205 Fairridge Road, earlier during a traffic stop, but he ran, heading toward ETSU.
ETSU Director of Media Relations Joe Smith said public safety personnel were notified that Cash was seen on Southwest Avenue heading toward Lake Street, which is part of the university’s campus.
Public safety officers encountered a witness who had pursued Cash onto campus. He told officers Cash was last seen in an outdoor commons area at Centennial Hall.
Unsure of whether Cash, who is not an ETSU student, had entered the dormitory or whether he was armed, public safety issued the siren alarm on campus and then sent text messages warning students, faculty and staff to secure doors and take shelter at 6:48 p.m.
Officers did a walk through of the dorm and searched two rooms where Cash allegedly had acquaintances. An all-clear was issued at 7:14 p.m. via text message.
Stevens said officers were still searching for Cash late Tuesday.