Arrest Made After UTA Threat

Man arrested on outstanding traffic violation

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012  |  Updated 5:24 PM CDT
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Arlington police rushed to a local daycare and University of Texas at Arlington police put out an alert warning people about a man approaching campus with a gun.

Mola Lenghi, NBC 5 Arlington Reporter

Arlington police rushed to a local daycare and University of Texas at Arlington police put out an alert warning people about a man approaching campus with a gun.

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The University of Texas at Arlington issued an alert for a criminal threat on or near campus due to a report of a man with a weapon late Tuesday morning.

Police received a call at about 11 a.m. where a woman told police her boyfriend was walking to the day care at the UTA campus with a gun and that he told her that "something bad was going to happen." 

The man and woman have a child that attends the day care and they have been involved in a custody dispute.

Based on the information from the Arlington Police Department, UTA activated The MavAlert Emergency Warning system at 11:24 a.m. and advised students and faculty near the YWCA Day Care at 106 Sixth Street to take cover immediately and remain in place.  At 11:58 a.m., students were advised to avoid the area due to a continuing threat.  At 12:28 p.m., students were advised the situation was contained, but they were still advised to avoid the area near the day care and that all other campus operations were on their normal schedule.

At 1:07 p.m., the university tweeted that the threat had passed.

At 1:30 p.m., Arlington police said the man, identified as Larry Donnell Coffey, 26, was taken into custody on an outstanding traffic warrant at an apartment in the city.   Coffey did not have a gun on him at the time of his arrest.

So far, there have been no charges filed in connection with the threat reported as police said there is no indication that a criminal offense occurred related to the call.

NBC 5's Mola Lenghi contributed to this report.

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