Towson police investigate abandoned backpack at university

A "disorderly person" was arrested Friday after acting strangely and abandoning a backpack in the area of the Towson University Media Center, said school spokeswoman Gay Pinder.

The man, whose name was not immediately available, was not affiliated with the university, Pinder said. A university tweet, sent late Friday morning, warned students to stay away from the center and two other buildings while school police investigated. A follow-up tweet, apparently sent a few minutes later, said operations were clear.

"Our officers went to the scene and determined that an individual had acted in a disorderly manner at the location and that he had abandoned a backpack and then left the area," Pinder said.

"Out of an abundance of caution," they warned students to keep away. The man was arrested, Pinder said, and the backpack was determined to be "just abandoned property. There was nothing dangerous in it."

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