Important Update from UAB President Ray L. Watts


UAB Family,

There is another important update regarding the incident that occurred in the 16th Street parking deck Monday night. Roderick Gaston is now in custody with bail set at $3,000,000. As I said this week when we announced the $5,000 reward, we will do all we can to see that the individual guilty of this crime is prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

Although this suspect is in custody, we will maintain the increased patrols and police presence I hope you have already noticed on campus. We continue to advise students, faculty and staff who are heading out at night to make use of the Blazer Express and safety escorts. Please note, my previous email included an inaccurate detail about the hours of operation for the Blazer Express bus service; updated/accurate information is below in bold text.

Effective Oct. 19, hours of door-to-door safety escorts, which can be arranged by calling 934-8772, have been extended to seven days a week, 9 p.m. (previously midnight) until 5:30 a.m. Blazer Express buses will continue to operate from 5:30 a.m. to midnight (service will not end at 9 p.m.). While those are the hours of operation for these services offered through UAB Parking and Transportation, individuals in need of a safety escort from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. can arrange one with the UAB Police Department at 934-4434. Safety tips and contact information for services are available online at

I continue to ask that you please be thoughtful and remember that those most affected by Monday night's event have a right to privacy and to be shown respect.




Ray L. Watts, President

University of Alabama at Birmingham


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