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Are Students Taking 'Bigggggg Mike' Threat Seriously?

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An alert was issued to students at The Ohio State University about a man who is wanted by police in three states, who was spotted in Columbus this week.

Michael Moses Tarpeh, aka Bigggggg Mike and Michael Boadi, is on the run and has been taunting police on social media.

Tarpeh was spotted in the campus area Tuesday night. He is wanted by police in Morgantown, West Virginia for aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault.

Tarpeh is also wanted in Massachusetts for armed carjacking, robbery and assault and battery.

The University of Connecticut Police Department also has arrest warrants pending for Tarpeh.

Police said Tarpeh popped up at a bar on 4th Street this week -- and officers found out because of a post on Twitter.

Tarpeh is also known as Michael Moses Boadi and refers to himself as "Bigggggg Mike."

He hasn't committed any crimes in Columbus that police know of, but he has posted pictures of himself near the campus on Twitter, and bragged that police can't catch him.

The U.S. Marshals Office said it is actively looking for Bigggggg Mike. They won't release details, but said they hope an arrest is made soon.

Tarpeh tweeted Friday morning, "The pigs can't catch me baby … haha."

He is achieving somewhat a cult status on Twitter, even having one of his follows post that Bigggggg Mike was his favorite new celebrity, and another follower wrote that Bigggggg Mike could rob the police station and still get away with it.

On campus Friday, several students told NBC4 that they had heard of Bigggggg Mike, but there didn't appear to be any real concern about his whereabouts.

"I would say people are thinking it's a joke because a lot of people take OSU's warnings as jokes," said Lucy Campbell, a student.

"People have been retweeting what he says and they think it's funny and like joking around, and it's kind of a joke," said Patrick Charlesworth, a student.

But what Tarpeh is wanted for is not a joke. He is accused of stealing credit cards from a student apartment last Saturday at the University of Connecticut.

"This guy is definitely not a very nice person. He has six crimes in his history, assault, thefts, this is someone that needs to be taken seriously. We are asking anyone for their help. Call us, give us tips. Get this guy off the streets as fast as possible," said Tab Caufman, of the U.S. Marshals.

In the meantime, students on campus are going on with their lives.

"I haven't seen any picture of him. I guess I just kind of went through emails and so my other emails and alerts, but I guess if someone saw him, I think they would take it seriously," said Danielle Baker, a student.

Whether he remains in Columbus is unknown, but from Twitter, it appears that he is having fun, and has posted that he wants to be a reality star.

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