FAU police warn students to avoid 20th Street campus entrance

The university police department was contacted by Boca police as they searched for a suspect on foot in the area.


A Boca Raton police cruiser sits at the intersection of 20th and 2nd Street Friday while the department looks for a suspect in the area. Joe Pye | News Editor

Ryan Lynch, Outgoing Editor

FAU police sent multiple messages over its alert system Friday after the department was called in to help Boca police search for a suspect, according to the university police.

A business owner near 20th called Boca police to report that two males were sleeping outside of his business around 7:30 a.m. One of the males was arrested while the other took off on foot, according to Mark Economou, the Boca police public information manager.

He said that the suspect on foot had an outstanding drug warrant and that FAU police were notified because the suspect was in the area. He was arrested by Boca police off campus around 11:45 a.m, according to Economou.

The messages, which were timestamped at 10:40 and 10:59 a.m. respectively, warned students and faculty of police activity on 20th Street while also telling people to stay out of the area.

A Boca police officer near the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on 20th near El Rio Trail said that FAU’s police department was working in conjunction with their department to look for the suspect.

A Boca Raton police cruiser sits at the intersection of Glades and 2nd Street at 11:35 a.m. Friday. Joe Pye | News Editor

20th Street had not been blocked off but both FAU police and Boca police had officers there and on 2nd Street at the Glades Road intersection.

News editor Joe Pye reported this story.

Ryan Lynch is the outgoing editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RyanLynchwriter.