Police Beat: Cutie pie club, suspicious person, and new paint job
New paint job
On Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9:07 a.m., UPD was advised of tire marks in Garage B in South Village. After reviewing camera footage, they saw a white vehicle that was spinning and doing donuts. After the white vehicle stopped spinning, three males exited the vehicle and proceeded to spray paint the vehicle red.
Suspicious person in Seidler Hall
On Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11:56 a.m., UPD dispatched an officer to a suspicious person in Seidler Hall. An instructor became concerned for the mental stability of a male in his late 30s or early 40s who was wearing a light blue shirt and an outdoor-type hat on and asking the instructor questions. The complainant felt the man may have been unaware of his surroundings and did not belong in the building. The subject was located on the first floor of the building. A field interview was completed. The subject was not a student but was looking for a professor to look over some papers. The subject then left.
Cutie pie club
On Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2:53 a.m., a female requested an officer so she could report a suspicious person. The suspicious person in question was a male who tried to pick her up. The subject approached her in Everglades Hall and asked for her cell phone number. He also wanted to know if she would be part of his “cutie pie club.” The complainant did give her phone number to the subject. He texted her afterward, and the complainant contacted UPD approximately 20 minutes after the subject had approached her. The subject is being described as in his late 20s, white with blonde short hair. He was wearing green shorts, a yellow shirt and flip-flops. The subject informed the complainant that he has a brother who works in the food service in Howard Hall. The officer canvassed the area and did not find the subject. At 9:50 p.m., contact was made with the subject outside of the library. The subject was advised to stop approaching females on the campus and tell them inappropriate things and to only come to campus to pick up and drop off his brother. He left campus without incident.
On Monday, Aug. 30, a person was seen walking out of the mechanical room at Lutgert Hall at 2:59 a.m. While on foot, the officer saw the subject go into room 1500. The officer confronted the subject as he exited, and he had no ID on his person but was able to be identified through his name and date of birth. The subject stated that he was left at Gulf Coast Town Center and was making his way back to his apartment at Coastal Village Apartments but took a detour. He wandered onto campus and saw the door was open and decided to check it out. The officer checked the room and all appeared well. The subject was released. The door showed no signs of forced entry.
No good reason
On Sunday, Aug. 28 at 6:43 p.m., a unit was dispatched to Garage B in South Village due to a violation of a university ordinance. Cameras were facing the downward position in the parking garage, although it did not appear to be broken. At 10:39 p.m., one subject of four arrived at UPD. The video was reviewed, and officers saw subjects jumping up and slapping down cameras. The footage revealed the subjects get into a lime green Jeep and drive away. One unit spotted the vehicle going southbound and stopped the driver as he was parking the jeep. He was shown photos from the camera footage and admitted to being at the location. He stated that he told subject to stop and put several cameras back in place. The driver was advised to contact the student who was hitting cameras, and approximately 20 minutes later, he arrived at the police station. He was polite, cooperative and apologetic. He said that he slapped five to six cameras for no other reason than being “stupid.” No cameras appear to be damaged, and the student who hit the cameras was advised that information would be forwarded to Student Affairs for review.