Two female University of Oregon students reported seeing a man display what appeared to be a pistol near Gerlinger Hall early Saturday, April 4, northwest of the intersection of 15th Avenue and University Street.
The women reported seeing the man sitting on a heating grate on the north side of Gerlinger Hall, at about 1:20 a.m. They said as they were 20-30 feet away, he pulled what appeared to be a large-frame, semiautomatic-type pistol from inside his jacket and point it in their direction. The women immediately left the area and within a few minutes called 9-1-1. University of Oregon police responded and searched the area without locating the suspect.
The women described the suspect as a white male, about 5-foot-8 tall and of medium build, roughly between the ages of 18 and 23, with tan skin, brown hair cut short on the sides and longer on the top, wearing a dark hooded jacket, blue or gray pants, and aviator-style sunglasses. The women said a jogger passing through the area briefly spoke with the suspect ahead of them, before the suspect produced the weapon.
The incident remains under investigation by the University of Oregon Police Department and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call UOPD at 541-346-2919. Updates regarding this incident when and if available will be posted on the UOPD website at police.uoregon.edu.