The University of Rhode Island Police have issued a warning to students and faculty following an on-campus incident on July 4 that involved a confrontation between two students and a man brandishing a firearm. o injuries were reported.
Warning posted below
This Timely Warning is sent on behalf of the University of Rhode Island Police Department
This message is part of the University’s commitment to provide crime awareness and safety information to community members.
On Monday, July 4, 2016, at about 10:45 p.m., two students in a car traveling on Flagg Road reported to the URI Police Department that the driver of a silver or gray sport utility vehicle confronted them while displaying a handgun. The driver of the SUV is suspected of driving in an aggressive manner and forcing the student’s car to stop at the corner of Flagg and Butterfield roads. The students reported that the driver of the SUV left his vehicle, showed a handgun and confronted the students.
The incident ended, and the SUV was seen traveling on Butterfield Road to Campus Avenue and then to Lower College Road.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male with a fade haircut. Police said he is about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and he had a tattoo on his right arm. He was wearing jeans and a white shirt.
We ask all members of our community to report any information they may have regarding this incident to the URI police TIPS line, 401-874-8477. Community members should call 401-874-2121 to report any public safety emergency.
We have reason to believe this was an isolated incident of road rage, but ask for your help as the investigation continues.