TYLER – An investigation by Tyler Junior College Police has led to the arrest of one suspect, and have police have issued warrants for two additional suspects in recent deadly conduct cases.
Jasper Williams Jr., voluntarily surrendered to TJC Campus Police Monday in Tyler, and is charged with two counts of Deadly Conduct.
Deadly Conduct charges are Class A Misdemeanor offenses.
Additionally, TJC Campus Police have obtained warrants for two other individuals on related charges. None of the individuals involved in these cases are TJC students.
The incidents occurred on campus September 21st at approximately 9:55 p.m., November 20th at 1 a.m. and November 21st at 9:30 p.m. In all three cases, TJC students reported that a vehicle pulled alongside them and a passenger pointed a gun at them. The suspects were described as black males and were seen driving a dark, four-door vehicle.
The investigation was aided by several factors:
• The timely reports by students to TJC Campus Police
• Surveillance cameras on campus
• A witness that provided a detailed description of the vehicle
The weapons used in all of the cases, BB pistols, were confiscated during the investigation. Although air pistols, these weapons are virtually indistinguishable from more powerful and deadly handguns. According to TJC President, Dr. Mike Metke, “Recklessly threatening others with this weapon could have led to a deadly confrontation, with police or armed citizens.”
Providing a safe and secure campus is TJC’s highest priority. The College has zero tolerance for any criminal behavior on our campuses. Additionally, the College vigorously pursues full prosecution of any criminal behavior.
“In today’s climate of heightened security, exhibiting reckless and dangerous behavior cannot and will not be tolerated,” said TJC Police Chief Randy Melton. “These defendants purposefully committed criminal acts and put the TJC community at risk in the process.”
TJC wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the Tyler Police Department and the cooperation of Texas College in the investigation of the crimes.
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