Alert system helps nab suspect on University of New Mexico campus

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – To students and faculty, 50-year-old Henry Budford was just another face on campus. That is, until allegations he groped a student made him a wanted man.

The University of New Mexico released Budford’s description in a Lobo Alert. That’s when a library employee recognized him.

“They said that individual had went into the library that day and was using the computers that morning,” said UNM Police Lt. Tim Stump.

Since you have to sign in to use the computers, Stump says it was easy to then put a face to a name.

“After running him, we had an officer who had also run into him earlier that day and we were able to say that was the same guy they had seen earlier that day, right before the incident happened,” said Stump.

UNM Police say this is just one instance of how the Lobo Alert system helps police track down suspects.

“They’re very important. I mean, anybody on campus, if they get the alert and they look around and they’re able to find the suspect or they’re able to locate somebody and call us right away, our response time’s very quick,” explained Stump.

UNM Spokesperson Dianne Anderson showed News 13 the updated campus safety page.

The page gives you a rundown of UNM’s alerts, advisories and upcoming tests.

Anderson says Lobo Alerts are used strictly in emergency situations. The alerts go out on all UNM messaging systems.

Lobo advisories are a little different but work the same way.

“{They are} more of a warning¬† that something could happen– a continuing threat of some sort,” said Anderson. “It’s not as immediate as a lobo alert but it is something to be informed about, so when you get one on your phone, you should really pay attention to it so you know what kind of safety issues you might be facing on campus.”

You don’t have to be a student, faculty or staff member to receive alerts or advisories. In fact, the community is encouraged to sign up too because the more people who know about what’s going on in and around campus, the more likely they’ll be able to help nab suspects who could be a threat.

Click here if you’d like to sign up for the alerts. For more safety tips, click here.

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