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Man released following incident at UJ

A 31-year-old Jamestown man arrested Sunday evening at the University of Jamestown for allegedly carrying a gun will not face any state charges.

Jamestown Chief of Police Scott Edinger said Monday that no charges will be filed against the man by the Stutsman County State’s Attorney’s Office. The paperwork will be forwarded to Jamestown City Prosecutor Leo Ryan for his review. He may face local charges.

“He might be charged with disturbing the peace,” Edinger said.

Ryan said Tuesday his office hasn’t received any paperwork on the man.

The man had no weapon on him when he was taken into custody. Edinger said the man was intoxicated and was slurring his words when he spoke with a UJ student in the Sorkness Center around 7 p.m. Sunday. Edinger said the student reported the man was hard to understand and that he mumbled something about having a gun, which prompted the student to contact campus security and call the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center.

After the man was taken into custody Sunday he claimed he never said anything about a gun to the student, according to Edinger.

The man is not a student at, nor has any affiliation with, the university, according to information provided by Gary Van Zinderen, dean of students at the University of Jamestown.

Edinger said he wasn’t surprised the county State’s Attorney’s Office declined to seek charges.

“Basically there wasn’t enough evidence to file a charge, no weapon was found, and the case would come down to his word against that of the victim,” he said.

The man said he was taking a walk and made his way onto campus and he didn’t know the student that he spoke to, according to Edinger.

The police department, along with members of the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office and the Special Operations Team, responded to the call at 7:17 p.m. Edinger said law enforcement officers searched the Sorkness Center and adjacent buildings for the man, then found him walking across Allen Field.

“He was cooperative as the officers approached him, and was taken into custody without incident,” he said. The man had no weapon on him when he was arrested.

Edinger said officers searched the Sorkness Center, the area around the building and by the Raugust Library and found no weapon.

The man was released from the Stutsman County Correctional Center Monday afternoon, according to Jail Administrator Tracey Trapp.

Van Zinderen sent an email to students and staff explaining what happened Sunday evening. He wrote in the email that during the incident resident directors for campus housing were told about the situation and told to be ready for additional measures if necessary.

“Please note that your cooperation during this emergent situation has been very important, and the issue has been successfully resolved without further incident,” Van Zinderen wrote in the email.

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