Barricade suspect: 'I was chased ... They were trying to kill me'


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 3:45 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police have arrested a man who barricaded himself inside a room at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe Thursday morning.

According to Arizona State University police, this all started shortly after 5 a.m when they received a call from a man who said he was being followed through the campus. The man reportedly sounded extremely nervous and frightened, apparently certain that he was being targeted.

ASU police converged on the area between Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium, immediately setting up a perimeter and launching a search.

The man managed to break into Sun Devil Stadium and barricaded himself inside a room. In speaking with officers, he apparently mentioned that he was armed. That turned out not to be the case, but, not knowing exactly what they were dealing with, police had to do their due diligence and exercise extreme caution.

Officers went into the stadium shortly after 7 a.m. and took the suspect into custody without incident.

"I was chased around this campus all night last night," the unidentified man told 3TV as he was being handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. "I was shot at out of this church over here and then they chased me into that stadium right there. Two, two Hispanic men. They were trying to kill me. They had all kinds of partners running around here in town. From Phoenix to Mesa, all over the place."

Police said the man has no connection with ASU. They believe he is suffering from some kind of mental illness.

An email and text about the situation went out to students just after 5:30 a.m. That message advised them to "stay clear of Wells Fargo Sun Devil Stadium Structure 5 and ICA until further notice."

ASU is on spring break so there aren't as many students on campus as usual.