UNC warns: Convicted assailant may return to campus
Posted September 20, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Public safety officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill issued a campus warning Friday afternoon for a man who has a history of assault and trespassing there.
Christopher Jermain Deas, 37, was arrested at UNC-CH in 2011 on charges of assault on a female and trespassing. He was recently arrested at UNC-Greensboro, but is out on bond. According to UNC Public Safety, Deas "is known to return to and frequent campuses."
"It can be scary because people like that are walking around, but you have to be safe," said UNC Freshman Komal Gandhi. "Everyone knows we need to watch out for somebody."
In an email alert sent to students and campus employees, UNC Public Safety described Deas as "a potentially dangerous person."
Despite the campus-wide alert students say they continue to feel safe.
"I think it's about making smart decisions at night when you go out. You always have to have someone with you," said Maya Kiel, a junior at UNC.
The university released a photo of Deas and said he is thought to drive a Honda Civic with North Carolina license plate ZSP-3472. Anyone who sees him on campus or in Chapel Hill is asked to call 911.