On Feb. 20, an individual with a machete was taken into custody out of Fairlane Center North on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.
The person, only identified as a male, matched the description of an individual missing from the Henry Ford Medical Center – Fairlane.
Campus safety “received a call from an employee working in Fairlane Center North who had contact with an individual in a restroom exhibiting unusually nervous behavior,” according to a campus-wide email sent out by campus Chief of Police Gary Gorski. The email was sent shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.
The individual had a history of mental illness, according to the email.
There was no building lockdown or campus security alert sent to any students, faculty or staff.
Haroon Natsheh, a student at UM-Dearborn, said he and some friends were in the FCN parking lot when police vehicles arrived.
“We asked an officer if we [could] go towards the bathroom and he told us to wait, then closed the west door,” Natsheh said. “They all came out with the guy in handcuffs.”
Natsheh also said a helicopter was circling the area.
“It was all done so quietly, not a single person on the other side of the building even knew this was going on,” Natsheh continued. “People in the night classes were also completely oblivious.”
Campus safety did not immediately respond to the Michigan Journal for comment.
The UM-Dearborn campus safety office can be reached at 313-593-5333. For emergencies, dial 911.
UPDATE: [Feb. 21, 5:50 p.m.] Chief Gorski returned author Kyla Bazzy’s call.
“Everything happened really quickly,” Chief Gorski said. “We were in the process of sending out an emergency alert and the person was taken in before the alert could go out… the subject had no affiliation with our university.”
Chief Gorski also said that the person was taken into custody around 7:45 p.m.