While the majority of students were home for winter break, a young man wanted for aggravated sexual assault went missing from the halfway house he had been staying at. It was suggested that he had come to Trinityâ€™s campus to seek shelter from the police with a Trinity student.
On Jan. 5, TUPD sent out a warning notice to inform the school about the situation, calling for the Trinity community to be watchful and report any sighting of him.
The notice detailed that Decker â€œis a black male, 17 years old, approx. 5â€™6â€ tall, 126 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.â€ The notice continued to explain that Decker â€œhas a warrant for his arrest for aggravated sexual assault,â€ and that the â€œTexas Department of Corrections advised us [TUPD] that Mr. Decker was to come to Trinity University where he knows a student (unknown).â€
Assistant Chief Pete Perez disclosed more information on what the Department of Corrections had relayed to TUPD.
â€œThe Investigator informed us that they had Mr. Decker not show up to the halfway house he was residing at. Â Upon looking into the situation, their.. investigation revealed that one possible lead was that he knew.. someone at Trinity University [who] he might be able to stay with. Â This prompted the… Investigator to contact TUPD.â€ Perez .. stated.
Given the nature of his crime, TUPD believed it was important that the Trinity community be aware of the issue.
â€œWe issue these Timely Warning Notices when critical information comes across our path,â€ said Perez. â€œOur main priority is for the safety of our campus community in being informed, but also having the extra eyes and ears is certainly a plus.â€
Having been made aware of the situation, the Trinity community was watchful, and there were some reports claiming to have seen Decker.
â€œAfter putting out our Timely Warning Notice, we did have a couple of calls in regards to possibly seeing Mr. Decker on campus. Â But after responding and investigating, it was not Mr. Decker,â€ remarked Assistant Chief Perez.
Frances Stone, a Trinity first year, remarked that she was not overly concerned about Deckerâ€™s possible presence on campus.
â€œI got the email over the break, so I figured that TUPD was aware of the problem, and they would take care of it,â€ said Stone.
Still, it is important to note that, as of Jan. 21, Decker has yet to be caught.
â€œAs of yet he has not been seen or shown up to his residence,â€ stated. Perez.
Perez also commented that students should not hesitate to contact TUPD should they run across Decker or any other suspicious activity.
â€œWe would rather have twenty false alarms than risk missing the one call where itâ€™s actually him,â€ said Perez.
Although Decker has yet to be seen since spring semester began, if anyone believes they have seen Decker, they should contact TUPD at 210-999-7070.