ACUPD arrested a suspicious male who was knocking on doors of off-campus residencies for several weeks and asking strange questions. The man was arrested Monday at about 3 p.m. for charges unrelated to the door-knocking.
Police Chief Jimmy Ellison said ACUPD received a call about the man and officers located him near EN 14th St. and Avenue E. The man fled, but was apprehended after a short foot chase and taken to Taylor County Jail.
The man was identified as James Weldon Bradford, 38. Ellison said Bradford had a warrant for his arrest issued out of Comanche county. He was on parole for burglary of a habitation and the warrant was issued for a parole violation.
A story about a suspicious man knocking on off-campus doors was published in the Feb. 1 edition of the Optimist. Ellison said the police received a lot of feedback about the man from the story.
“Since that time we’ve had a lot of calls and complaints about him,” Ellison said.
Ellison said the story generated additional calls. He said they were able to piece together the information, identify the man and determine he had a warrant for his arrest. Ellison said they have been looking for him actively since then.
Ellison said he was grateful for the information ACUPD received and he continues to encourage people to be cautious when opening their doors to strangers.