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April 26, 2007

University Of Iowa Police Question Student After Classroom Incident

University of Iowa Police took an undergraduate student into custody and questioned him following an incident in a classroom today over the noon hour. As of mid-afternoon, police were still reviewing the possibility of filing charges following consultation with the Johnson County Attorney's office.

The student held for questioning is Justin Walker, a junior from Hazel Crest, Ill. His local address is 1546 Fifth St., Coralville.

According to UI Police, the student entered the auditorium in Macbride Hall wearing a hooded jacket. When he sat down and took down his hood, he was wearing a ski mask that covered his face. He did not remove the ski mask. That action led another student to leave the room and call police just after noon.

UI Police responded immediately and called Iowa City Police for backup. Officers from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department also assisted at the scene.

Walker apparently left Macbride Hall during that time, but he returned later and was recognized by officers on the scene. He was questioned first at the scene and later taken to UI Police Department headquarters at 12:57 p.m.

Phillip Jones, UI vice president for student services, praised all the law enforcement officers for their quick response.

"We are pleased that this incident ended well," he said. "The student who called the police immediately did the right thing, and police followed the appropriate procedure by responding immediately with sufficient numbers to conduct an investigation expeditiously.

"Given the circumstances of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech University, we simply cannot tolerate actions that even appear to be threatening," Jones added.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott,, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972; Phillip Jones, Vice President for Student Services, 319-335-3557.