U employee allegedly harasses co-worker; no arrest made

Joanna Dornfeld

A University Buildings and Grounds worker notified police Monday that another University employee has been harassing him.

On Oct. 17, an unidentified man intentionally bumped into Michael Gojjam and made a threatening comment to him as he entered a University building, Gojjam said.

“He thinks he can use his
muscles, not his brain,” Gojjam said.

On Nov. 3 the same man passed Gojjam near Folwell Hall and called him a terrorist, Gojjam said.

Gojjam reported the incident because he feared further harassment, he said.

He pointed out the man to University police community investigator Jason Tossey on Tuesday.

“Right now we would require a citizen’s arrest, and that would be kind of shaky,” Tossey said.

University police are following up with an investigation.

“There are things the University can do, but maybe not criminally,” Tossey said. “If he continues this behavior, we’ll see if we can get him for disorderly conduct or harassment.”

In other police news:

Police charged two men for entering University buildings without authorization.

University police found Jimmy James Hitchcock in the Child Development Building on Sunday. He was later charged with burglary and damage to property.

According to the criminal complaint, Hitchcock stole keys from a desk in the building. Police found cigarette butts and burns on the carpet and feces on the floor and desk. Damage is estimated at $2,000.

Hitchcock remains in custody.

Minneapolis police found Larry Eugene Burrell in an administrative office at the Fairview University Medical Center on Nov. 15.

According to the criminal complaint, he was charged with burglary. Burrell remains in custody.

Long Vy made a citizen’s arrest Nov. 16. Vy arrested Servando Luis Almaquer for fifth-degree assault after Almaquer allegedly assaulted him.

Almaquer was jailed by University police because he was drunk and combative, said Capt. Steve Johnson.