Woman encounters odd ‘sniffing’ men

Lynne Kozarek

A University student suffered a bizarre form of harassment Monday in Diehl Hall.
According to the University Police report, the woman was walking in a stairwell when two men walked past her in the opposite direction. The men made sniffing noises and spoke unintelligibly.
The woman saw one of the individuals in Diehl Hall the next day.
In other police news occurring between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17:
ù A man was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct Saturday after a University Police officer observed him urinating on a light pole at the corner of Oak and Beacon streets southeast.
ù A man was arrested Nov. 12 for alleged trespassing, attempted assault and theft at the Radisson Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E.
According to the police report, Jeremy Hill exited the hotel with dinner candles and silverware. Moments later, hotel employees confronted Hill, who reportedly tried to punch them and escape.
Hill was held in the hotel office by staff members until police arrived. No one was injured.
ù A man was cited for trespassing Monday, after “cruising” several buildings on the West Bank.
According to the police report, the man was observed repeatedly entering and exiting the men’s bathroom at Willey Hall.
Then he then went to Blegen Hall where he entered the first floor bathroom. He exited and went to the second floor bathroom in which he spent about five minutes. Again, he left the bathroom, and then proceeded to the third floor bathroom.
“He did reoccurringly enter the bathrooms,” said University Police Sgt. Joe May, “He was observed tapping his foot under the stalls and peeking over the tops of the stalls.”
Sgt. Joe May said that the man was not associated with the University in any way.
ù A Territorial Hall resident found offensive writing on a photo stapled to a bulletin board on his door.
“The photo said ‘I’m gay like’ the individual,” said Sgt. Joe May. “Bias crime is (growing) and it is petty vandalism.”
Under Minnesota law, crimes committed with the intention of intimidating people on the basis of a possible group affiliation carries sentences that are more stringent than the crime would otherwise entail.
University Police have no suspects in the incident.