CAMPUS ALERT UPDATE

By University of Utah Communications

The university sent out a campus-wide notification Wednesday, Nov. 15, just before 10 p.m. The suspect in this case has not been located and anyone with information is encouraged to immediately call University Police Department Dispatch at 801-585-2677 or dial 911.

Campus police remind everyone to always be aware of their surroundings and to immediately report suspicious activities on campus.

Below is more information about the timing of the alert.

  • Security at the Marriott Library contacted University Police Wednesday around 11 a.m. about a suspicious individual. An officer responded and escorted the man (Kidus Yohannes) from the building. The officer ran a background check, but did not find any outstanding warrants on Yohannes.
  • At 12:40 p.m., Salt Lake City Police tweeted an image of Yohannes and listed him as a “person of interest” in a homicide. Salt Lake Police subsequently also sent out a press release that afternoon.
  • That evening, the university police officer saw the media coverage indicating that SLCPD was actively looking for Yohannes as a person of interest in a homicide. He recognized Yohannes and called campus police dispatch to report his earlier interaction with him.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, a decision was made to share Salt Lake City Police’s information about Yohannes via a campus-wide alert since he had been seen at the U.

More information about the university’s campus alert system is online.