Serial Peeping Tom in Marcy-Holmes

by Elizabeth Cook

Police received reports of a man who was peeping into windows in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue Southeast in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

The suspect has been looking under window blinds between midnight and 2 a.m., when victims are getting ready to go to bed.

Police have recorded three to four incidents in the last six months.

The suspect is described as a man in his mid-30s, 6 feet tall, with a light build and a shaved head. The suspect also wore dark clothing.

People can protect themselves by closing all blinds and by using only first initials and last names on mailboxes, door buzzers and telephone listings, said Nicole Nelson, crime prevention specialist for the 2nd Precinct.

Residents should also never leave security doors propped open or let strangers follow them through a security door. They should keep all doors locked at all times.

Public urination

A University student witnessed a man urinating in a trash can Tuesday afternoon in the lobby of the Law School on June 28.

The 57-year-old male suspect was sleeping when Gary Held, a University police officer, arrived. When he woke the suspect and asked him if he had been urinating on the plants, the suspect said, “Yes, must have been me.”

Held then gave the suspect a University trespassing warning and sent him on his way.

Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University Police Department, said this type of behavior does not happen often.

Passed out in Coffman

On June 29 at approximately 6:15 p.m., officers responded to a report that two men were “passed out” in the lounge area on the first floor of Coffman Union.

When officers arrived, only one of the men was still there, passed out with one shoe on and an open bottle of vodka between his legs.

The 56-year-old suspect was verbally identified and was not a University student or staff member.

The suspect was given a trespassing warning prohibiting him from entering Coffman and all other East Bank buildings.

If students ever observe suspicious or unusual behavior, they should either call police or alert Coffman personnel, especially if that behavior includes alcohol or drugs, Johnson said.

2nd Precinct meeting

At 6 p.m. on Monday, there will be a meeting open to the public addressing crime levels in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. The meeting, organized by inspector Valerie Wurster and the 2nd Precinct, will take place in the basement classroom of the East Side Neighborhood Services headquarters, located at 1700 Second Ave. N.E. People who cannot attend are encouraged to fill out comment cards available in the Southeast Como Improvement Association office at 837 15th Ave. S.E., or they can post their comments online at