High Point man who was subject of campus alert located out of state

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 06:21 PM

A local man who was the subject of an alert by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has been located out of state, authorities said Monday.
Andrew James Walker, 38, of High Point, who “has a history of mental illness” and “should be considered dangerous,” was located in Indiana over the weekend, where law enforcement officials made contact with him and are “taking appropriate actions,” according to the UNCG Police Department.
Walker, a former UNCG student, “is not currently a threat to the UNCG community,” the department announced in a Facebook post Sunday night.
Police issued the alert Friday after Walker allegedly “expressed hostility towards members of the UNCG community” and may have attempted to obtain a firearm in High Point.
Walker apparently has relatives in Indiana, where it was believed he was in the process of receiving mental health treatment.
“I don’t believe they had a charge they could have arrested him for. I believe they are working with the authorities in Indiana to try and get him some help,” said UNCG police Maj. Paul Lester.
UNCG and High Point police determined that Walker had left the state by Friday night. High Point police reported Monday that they had no outstanding criminal charges, commitment papers or missing person’s reports regarding Walker, and that the case was being handled by UNCG.
UNCG officials decided to be vigilant in warning the public about Walker, even though he apparently did nothing illegal. In the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, universities are under stricter requirements to send out notification involving current or former students where mental health issues, threats to campus and the acquisition of weapons may come into play.
“I don’t know if he even tried to buy a gun. I think he inquired about one. And it was assumed if he’s inquiring about one, he’s trying to obtain one. I don’t know of any reason he would be asking about it if he wasn’t. It was a pretty good indication that’s what he was trying to do,” said Lester. “A lot of this is precautionary. It’s good for people to at least have some awareness of what’s going on in case something happens.”
Officials said Walker will be banned from the UNCG campus, but they weren’t sure whether he plans to return to North Carolina.
“This has been going on for awhile. This is not the first time he’s had issues come up. He has some problems he needs to try and get a handle on,” said Lester. “I’m sure at some point, he may come back, and, hopefully, he’ll get whatever help he can, and he’ll be a little better when he returns.”