Fire-alarm bandit identified, missing

David Maly

Police are searching for Scott Allen Chatagnier, 42, after they say he unnecessarily set off fire alarms at various campus buildings and at Dobie Mall Sept. 10.

According to an affidavit for warrant of arrest and detention issued Sept. 13, Chatagnier pulled 11 fire alarms on campus between 2:08 p.m. and 3:53 p.m Sept. 10. According to the affidavit, he pulled more alarms at Dobie Mall earlier that day.

Police spotted Chatagnier near campus Sept. 12 and recognized him from images captured by UT and Dobie Mall security cameras Sept. 10. After being questioned by multiple officials, Chatagnier said, “I’m not denying it was me,” when shown a still photograph from the Sept. 10 surveillance. Later that day, a cap resembling the one shown in the photograph was found at Chatagnier’s apartment. Authorities have not been able to find Chatagnier since approval of the warrant.