Police: Man with BB gun arrested after Hope College alert

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HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Holland police say they have arrested the man who prompted a shelter in place warning at Hope College Thursday and that he was carrying a BB gun.

Hope College in Holland issued the warning around 11:45 a.m. after getting a report that a person armed with a gun was in a Western Theological Seminary building.

“A suspect in a violent crime is presumed to be near campus. Take shelter until an all clear is given,” Hope College tweeted.

The person left campus without harming anyone. Campus and Holland police searched the area. When they didn’t find the person, they lifted the shelter in place advisory just before 12:30 p.m.

“Given the proximity to Hope’s campus, we felt it was prudent to issue the warning to ensure the safety of students and employees,” Hope said in an afternoon release. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we thank you for your cooperation.”

On Thursday afternoon, Holland police told News 8, they found the man in the area of S. River Avenue and W. 12th Street. He was carrying a BB gun. Officers arrested him on unrelated charges; those charges were not specified.

It’s not clear why Hope called the person a suspect in a violent crime.

The man is not a Hope College student, police said.

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