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Restrictions on campus access at U of U lifted after search for bank robbery suspect

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Posted at 7:34 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 23:22:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Police in Salt Lake City were searching the University of Utah campus near the Eccles Broadcast Center Thursday night for a suspect in an aggravated robbery, and though school officials initially emailed students and asked them to avoid the area, a second alert sent just before 9 p.m. indicated the suspect was believed to have left campus.

According to information emailed by the U of U to students Thursday around 7 p.m., the search was in the vicinity of the Eccles Broadcast Center and, "the situation is very dynamic. Please avoid this area if possible or secure in place until further notice."

Just before 9 p.m., an alert from school officials stated the suspect was believed to have left, but police activity would be ongoing in the area. The update states there are no longer restrictions on the campus, but the hospitals on campus are, "under controlled access."

Det. Veronica Montoya, Salt Lake City Police Department, said they located a vehicle and found items connected to the bank robbery inside, and she said at this time they have identified a person of interest in the case: 30-year-old Curtis Crosby, who is pictured in the tweet below.

Montoya said the robbery suspect had made threats that indicated he had explosives, and, with the vehicle being found on campus, that threat was part of why restrictions on campus access were in place as a precautionary measure. However, those restrictions were lifted later Thursday night and Montoya said they did not find any explosives.

See the tweet below for the full text of the update from the U of U.

The initial email stated the suspect is considered "dangerous" and that anyone who sees him should not approach him. It was not clear if the man was armed or not.

Salt Lake City police tell FOX 13 News the man is wanted in connection with a bank robbery at US Bank, 2300 East 2100 South. Authorities said they tracked the suspect's vehicle to the U of U campus, sparking the search.

The man is described as a white male with dark hair who was wearing a straw hat. He was last seen with a fake mustache and beard on, and he was wearing a black shirt with a tan vest, blue jeans and a fanny pack.