U student cited with vandalism at Wilson Library

Sara Schweid

>The police report said that when officers arrived at the library they found four people sitting on a ledge outside the east side of the building.

Steve Johnson, deputy chief of police for the University, said a witness saw the student spray-painting the building. The student also had paint on his fingers that matched the can of spray paint officers found nearby, Johnson said.

The student admitted to spraying the letters D and U on the ground, and the letters R and T on a ledge, according to the report.

The student said the letters did not have any significance, Johnson said.

A University graduate student who witnessed the incident signed a citizen’s arrest form, signifying that he had seen the student tagging the library, Johnson said.

Assault at party

Two men, one of whom was a University student, were assaulted June 17 during a dispute at a party in Dinkytown, Johnson said.

“The victims were at a party at a friend’s house when a disagreement happened and they were assaulted,” Johnson said.

Police would not comment on the nature of the dispute because the case is still under investigation.

Johnson said that after the dispute broke out, two of the suspects jumped on the first victim, knocked him to the ground, kicked him and stomped on his back repeatedly.

One of the victims was taken to hospital, according to the report, but Johnson said he did not have any specific details on the severity of either of the victims’ injuries.

According to the police report, witness statements were taken, but the suspects were not found.

Underage drinking

Brett Pederson and another University student were charged with underage drinking June 17.

According to the police report, officers stopped the students on Ontario Street Souteast. Each was carrying a case of opened Keystone Light Beer, police said.

When police asked their ages, both said they were 21, but didn’t have any identification, according to the report.

“Both appeared very nervous, as their voices were cracking,” the report said.

Both men later said they were 20 years old, and that they each had three or four beers, according to the report.

The students were cited with underage drinking and also given Restorative Justice forms, Johnson said.

The Restorative Justice Program views crime as a violation against a community rather than against the state, and allows those arrested to avoid criminal charges by participating in a community activity, such as a meeting with community members or community service of some kind.

“If they complete the program then the criminal citation will be dismissed,” Johnson said. “But they must complete the Restorative Justice Program.”