Texas State Police question man they say made terroristic threats

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN)- Police at the San Marcos campus of Texas State University questioned a man over the weekend after he allegedly made terroristic threats.

In an email message from the campus Emergency Management System, University Police said the man was hanging around Tower Hall around 3 a.m. waiting for the door to be opened. When a resident walked in, the man “piggy-backed” his way inside the building.

Texas State University Police say this man threatened to hurt people
Texas State University Police say this man threatened to hurt people

While inside, police said he made comments that it would be easy to gain entrance to the resident hall because the building is all glass. He then allegedly said it would be easy to get in and harm people without anyone knowing.

Police released photos of the man in hopes of identifying him. Authorities were then able to find the man and he was taken in for questioning and later released. Police say he has not been charged.

“As I understand it, no specific threats were made. He did make general comments that it would be easy to gain access to the building and cause people harm,” a university spokesperson said. “The student who encountered him did the right thing by contacting University Police. An abundance of caution is always warranted where the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is concerned.”


Residence halls on the Texas State campus are equipped with an electronic access system that reads a student’s ID card. People who don’t live there do not have access to the building’s unless they are escorted in by a resident, the university said. A review of the university’s protocols are being assessed to see if any changes need to be made.


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