No armed subject was ever found at St. Edward’s University

Police search for an armed robbery suspect on the main campus of St. Edward's University. Nov. 1, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)
Police search for an armed robbery suspect on the main campus of St. Edward's University. Nov. 1, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police never found the person who they called an “armed intruder” on the St. Edward’s University campus Tuesday night.

Austin police say the incident started as an aggravated assault with a gun around 8:14 p.m. in the 2700 block of South Congress. The person with the weapon ran towards in the direction of St. Edward’s which is why the university sent out the alert.

The campus was placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution, even though it appears the armed subject was not seen on campus. In an alert, St. Edward’s Campus Safety told students to seek a secure location on campus. A former KXAN intern says students in night classes locked themselves in classrooms.

University and Austin police conducted search of three buildings that were closest to the apartment complex were the assault happened and determined there was no risk. An “all clear” was issued at around 10:15 p.m. and students were told they can now leave all buildings.

St. Edward's University students barricaded themselves in a classroom. Nov. 1, 2016 (Courtesy: Jacob Rogers/Hilltop Views)
St. Edward’s University students barricaded themselves in a classroom. Nov. 1, 2016 (Courtesy: Jacob Rogers/Hilltop Views)

University police say they are looking for a white male suspect wearing a red bandana.

St. Edward’s University’s 160-acre campus is located at 3001 S. Congress Ave. in South Austin.

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