UNC Police Honor Guard, 2010

Safety Alert: Eric Kinder

Update: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eric Kinder photo

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SAFETY ALERT

UNC Police have been notified of former student Eric Kinder's release from custody. Law enforcement authorities still consider the 43-year-old former graduate student a potential threat to the university community. Kinder was sentenced today regarding his guilty plea to felony menacing charges. As part of his sentence, Kinder remains banned from campus, cannot have contact with the university and is prohibited from being within 100 yards of university property. If he's seen on or near campus, call UNC PD at 970-351-2245.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

The UNC PD website, http://www.unco.edu/police, has posted a photo of Kinder (description: Caucasian, approximately 6-feet 3-inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes; may be wearing glasses and/or a fedora-style hat). If he's seen on campus, call UNC PD at 970-351-2245 or from any emergency phone on campus (map of emergency phones at http://www.unco.edu/police/services.html).

CAMPUS SAFETY EFFORTS

UNC and Greeley police patrol campus and surroundings 24 hours a day and have stepped up patrols in the area. Campus buildings may be placed on 24-hour card access as an additional security measure. For more on the police response, go to http://www.unco.edu/police.

HOW TO ENHANCE YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY

For personal safety tips go to http://www.unco.edu/safety. Options for employees include working with their supervisors to coordinate personal leave. It's also recommended that faculty make accommodations for students who may choose to be absent from class.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Leading up to his arrest on felony menacing charges Oct. 26 at his off-campus residence, Kinder exhibited disruptive behavior in confronting university community members, admitted to police that a piece of his writing with homicidal and suicidal thoughts contained autobiographical elements, and posted Facebook entries suggesting that he could harm others (authorities recovered multiple handguns at his residence).

HOW TO REPORT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reports with information regarding this case or others can be made at:


Update: Thursday, October 28, 2010

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We are sending you this information because authorities believe a former UNC student, who is now in police custody, represents a significant threat to the University community.

Former student Eric Kinder is being held at the Weld County Jail. The UNC Police Department has been investigating Kinder after obtaining a piece of his writing that included homicidal and suicidal statements. Kinder expressed to police that the paper contained autobiographical components. A plan of response and potential resolution was enacted by the University Response Team.

On Oct. 24, UNCPD received additional information from individuals unaffiliated with UNC about postings on Kinder’s Facebook page, which had references to multiple handguns Kinder had recently purchased and statements that suggest he could harm others.

On Oct. 25, Kinder arrived at UNCPD and engaged in disruptive actions. Kinder continued to arrive unannounced at various campus administrative locations and insist on speaking to administrators without appointment. His demeanor was described as aggressive and inappropriate.

On Oct. 26, Kinder was ordered off campus by UNCPD and issued a no trespass order for all of campus, which revoked his privilege to the campus, including use of campus facilities. Shortly after Kinder was escorted from campus, UNCPD received information that he was threatening suicide and stated that he would be armed if police responded.

Greeley Police units, with the assistance of UNCPD, responded to Kinder’s off-campus residence and cordoned off the area for public safety. After several hours of negotiation, Kinder was taken into custody by Greeley Police. He was armed when he was taken into custody, and police recovered multiple handguns from his residence.

Kinder is now being held at the Weld County Jail on felony menacing charges. UNCPD is in contact with the Weld County Sheriff’s Department and has requested notification if and when Kinder is released. If and when Kinder is released, we will notify the University community.

Authorities believe that Kinder represents a significant threat to the University community. UNCPD will continue to partner with other law enforcement entities to monitor potential threats and will continue to advise our community as information becomes available


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Please be advised of the following information and share it with those who do not receive e-mail:

Greeley Police arrested a former UNC graduate student, who was armed at the time and had multiple handguns in his home, during an incident at his off-campus residence in the 2100 block of 8th Avenue on Tuesday night. Eric Kinder, 43, is in custody and faces felony menacing charges stemming from his confrontation with police. Kinder was issued a campus no trespass order, meaning he is not welcome on campus at any time upon his release. UNC Police are in contact with the Weld County Sheriff’s Department and anticipate notification when Kinder is released. When UNC PD becomes aware of Kinder’s release, the university community will be notified. To access a list with names and photos of individuals banned from campus, log on to http://ursa.unco.edu (in "Quick Links" under the Resources tab). UNC Police patrol campus 24 hours a day and also work closely with Greeley Police in neighborhoods around campus. To report campus trespassing, or suspicious activity on campus, call UNC Police at (970) 351-2245. Suspicious off-campus activity should be reported to Greeley Police at (970) 350-9600. Please program both numbers in your cell phone. For a map of campus emergency phones, go to http://www.unco.edu/police/services.html. As always, use 911 in an emergency.

This also serves as a good reminder to take the following precautions to help stay safe on campus:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Be cautious of strangers.
  • Walk with others at night and stay in frequently traveled, well-lighted, open areas. Call UNC Police at (970) 351-2245 to request an escort if you’re uncomfortable walking alone at night.
  • Don't get so engrossed in text messaging or using your cell phone or audio player that you forget to look around.
  • Carry a personal alarm or safety whistle.
  • Lock your house or residence hall room, and follow rules to limit residence hall access.
  • Have your keys ready when walking to your car or home.
  • If you believe someone is following you, go where there are other people.
  • Don’t hesitate to call police, (970) 351-2245.

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