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OUPD: Threat is Over After Possible Gunman Reported Near Campus

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/27/12 @ 11:15 a.m.
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Ohio University Police Chief says threat of a man possibly armed and dangerous near campus has passed.

Thursday night just after 6 p.m., the OUPD says they received “credible information” that Billy J. Caudill was reportedly in the vicinity of Union and Shafer Streets.

Caudill, 43, was wanted on bank robbery charge out of Fairfield County, Ohio. Police say he robbed a Peoples Bank in Carroll, Ohio on Wednesday.

Chief Andrew Powers says information the department received suggested that Caudill might be armed and should be considered dangerous.

The OUPD and the Athens Police Department brought in additional personnel and vehicles and searched the area for several hours. The search area included the Hocking Adena Bike Path from Athens to Nelsonville.

Friday morning Chief Powers said the department received additional information indicating Caudill is most likely no longer in the Athens area.

Billy J. Caudill is 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 195 pounds, has hazel eyes and is believed to be clean shaven with a shaved head.

Anyone with information on Caudill is urged to contact Athens or OU Police or call 911.



UPDATE 1/27/12 @ 7:33 a.m.
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A bank robbery suspect spotted near the Ohio University campus in Athens remains on the run Friday.

Billy J. Caudill is wanted in connection with the robbery of a People’s bank in Carroll, Ohio Wednesday.

Authorities say he was spotted near Union and Shafer Streets in Athens early Thursday evening.

Ohio University Police brought in extra patrols to help search the area, but there were no additional sightings.

Police say Caudill should be is considered armed and dangerous.

Caudill is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 195 pounds, has hazel eyes and is believed to be clean shaven with a shaved head.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/26/12 @ 7:17 p.m.
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An armed fugitive has been reported near Ohio University.

A man who is wanted in connection with the Wednesday robbery of a People's bank in Carroll, Ohio, has been spotted near campus.

Billy J. Caudill is considered armed and dangerous.

Caudill is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 195 pounds, has hazel eyes and is believed to be clean shaven with a shaved head.

His last known location was in the vicinity of Union and Shaffer Streets.

People are advised to avoid the area, don't walk alone, and report suspicious activity to the police immediately.

Ohio University Police Department has called in extra officers who are on patrol in the area.

The university has alerted students, staff and faculty.

For more information, contact OUPD.

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