Police arrest man for indecent exposure in Wilson Library

Police said the suspect, who was a thin white male with a long beard, exposed his penis to a woman studying at a table.

Koran Addo

University police arrested a man for indecent exposure at Wilson Library on Monday.

Police said the suspect, who was a thin white male with a long beard, exposed his penis to a woman studying at a table.

According to Minnesota statutes, indecent exposure is a misdemeanor. However, the charge can be upgraded to a gross misdemeanor or felony depending on whether the man is a repeat offender.

Minneapolis police officer Ron Reier said calls regarding indecent exposure are not uncommon.

“(Minneapolis police) respond to them daily,” he said. “It can be anywhere from public urination to attempted rape.”

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The Minneapolis Fire Department and paramedics responded to a call of a fire that claimed two cars in succession at the 19th Avenue South parking ramp Tuesday.

Senior parking attendant Melissa Wilebski was on duty at the time and made the emergency call.

Wilebski said she first thought the smoke was just excessive exhaust coming from the car. When she heard the exploding tires, however, she said she knew the car was on fire.

As the first car burned, witnesses reported the engine started running before the fire spread to the second car.

Minneapolis arson investigator Tim Thomas said he could not say for sure if this was the case, but he said stranger things have happened.

“As the car burns, it is possible that stuff was coming into contact with stuff (it) shouldn’t have, and in that case the car has been essentially hotwired,” Thomas said. “Anything is possible, but not all things are likely.”

Minneapolis Deputy Fire Chief David Dewall said most parked cars that catch fire are a result of an electrical malfunction. However, arson cannot be ruled out, so firefighters called arson investigators to the scene as standard procedure.

Fire officials said the case is still under investigation.