The Arlington Police Department received a call this morning from a woman who claimed that her boyfriend was walking to a daycare on the University of Texas at Arlington campus and he had a gun. The woman told police that her boyfriend said, “something bad was going to happen.”
Arlington Police Officers along with UT Arlington Police Officers quickly responded to the daycare in the 100 block of W. 6th Street, which is on the southeast corner of campus. The man was not at the daycare, and he was not located in an immediate search of the area. At no time were the children at the daycare in any danger. The man and woman have a child who attend the daycare, and have been involved in an ongoing custody dispute. About 90 minutes after the initial call, officers were able to find the man at an Arlington apartment. The man, identified as Larry Donnell Coffey, age 26 of Arlington, was taken into custody on a warrant for an outstanding traffic violation. He did not have a gun with him. At this point, there is no indication a criminal offense occurred related to the original call this morning.
Based on the initial information received from the caller, UTA sent a message to the students and faculty notifying them of the incident.