Sidewalk "Threat" Turns Out to Be School Project

This photo of the threat was sent in by an anonymous source.
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By: Chris Gros

April 26, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A chalk message that had students and residents worried is actually a class project, according to Tallahassee Police.

The message was written on the sidewalk of The Luxe on West Call Apartments sometime this past weekend.

A TPD spokesperson says that two FSU students came forward on Tuesday afternoon to admit that it was part of a class assignment.

The students said the assignment was related to serial killers and drug cartels and they had to write a message in a public forum, take a picture of it, and send it to their English professor.

The students told authorities that it was raining when they wrote the message and they thought that the chalk would wash away. When the students returned to Tallahassee from a weekend trip, they saw cautionary flyers at the apartment complex and the story on the news.

The students contacted authorities and apologized for the misunderstanding and the panic that the message caused. The students were advised to clear any future projects when they are completed.

TPD says the investigation is now closed.

BY: Chris Gros

April 26, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --The Luxe on West Call Apartments sent a statement in response to our request for comment. You can read it below.

"As you know, it was left at the property on Saturday, As soon as our staff saw it, they notified police who came and took pictures, made notes for a police report and then erased the message. While we hope this is just a prank, we take anything like this very seriously. In fact, we periodically send personal safety tip reminders to residents. We also encourage them to dial 9-1-1 if they ever feel threatened or notice anything suspicious.

We are cooperating fully with police as they investigate the matter."

By: Chris Gros
April 25, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police are investigating a threatening message that was written on a sidewalk near the Florida State University campus.

The message was written on a sidewalk off of W. Call Street near The Luxe apartment complex.

The message reads:

"You were wrong. I am not dead or in the hospital. I am alive and well and I'm going to start killing again. Below is the name and location of my next victim. But you had better hurry because I'm going to kill her August 10th at 5:00pm when the shift change ALBANY is a nice town."

The message is followed by a number of cryptic symbols.

A web search shows that the message matches a letter written by the alleged Zodiac killer. It was sent to an Albany, New York newspaper in 1973.

An anonymous student sent us the picture of the message.

Other students that live at the Luxe Apartments were upset by the sidewalk writing.

"I walk this alley almost every single day of my life and to see something written like that it's a little disturbing," said Luxe resident Billy Mills.

The FSU Police Department confirms they are aware of the message and are increasing patrols in the area.

The Tallahassee Police Department is also investigating the message.

There are multiple surveillance cameras on the property. We counted at least half a dozen near the site of the threat. We've asked the apartment's manger if they've provided video to police.

One man that works nearby says he saw a man and a woman write it out Friday afternoon.

"I saw them with chalk and they was just over there writing. I was standing right here you know I just thought they was marking the sidewalk like fraternities and whoever would do," said the man.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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