Man escapes cops after indecent exposure in library

The incident took place in the Magrath Library.

A 24-year-old student at the St. Paul campusâÄô Magrath Library was subjected to an extremely unpleasant spectacle when she noticed a man masturbating to her on the afternoon of June 22, according to a police report. The man escaped police on foot, the police report said. He did it by hiding in an elevator, library circulation desk employee Hilary Hazzard said. âÄúThe girl saw him and reported it right away,âÄù she said. âÄúThe masturbation was kind of directed to her, which was the really bad part.âÄù Hazzard described the man as being a white male in his mid to late 50s and partially balding. âÄúThe woman was sitting at a study table and saw the suspect behind a stack of books,âÄù University of Minnesota police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. âÄúShe could not tell if he was looking at book, magazine or watching her.âÄù Other incidents similar to this have occurred near University libraries in the past. âÄúWeâÄôve had sporadic incidents of indecent exposure in the libraries in the last few years,âÄù Miner said. In that time, Wilson and Walter libraries have had three cases, according to Miner. The case is listed as inactive, pending new information.

Child Development Center burglarized

Burglars used a prying tool to break into the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development on June 23 and stole two video cameras. The cameras were in plain sight through the windows, the police report stated. âÄúItâÄôs unclear whether the man broke in because he saw the cameras or if he planned it before,âÄù Miner said. There was no video surveillance in the center, and the case is listed as inactive, pending new information. Police advised the center to conceal valuable equipment, the report said. âÄúUsually, itâÄôs a quiet area of the campus,âÄù Miner said.