Police searching for peeping tom on UNF campus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- University of North Florida police are searching for a man they say took video of a student going to the bathroom.

According to the student victim, he saw a flash go off while he was using the urinal on the second floor library bathroom. The male student said the flash looked like a it was from a camera phone.

Students say it is unsettling.

"I think it's weird. I can't really imagine anyone doing that," said UNF student, Joey Thebold. "But, it's happening and we need to put a stop to it."

According to a UNFPD report, there was a hole in the bathroom stall next to the urinal. The victim said he saw the flash, waited for the person to leave and then contacted police right away.

Chief Bill Strudel said voyeurism is a growing problem in public places.

"It seems to be a growing problem, even at the beaches where people feel safe," said Strudel. "And even here, where people feel safe and we have more police in this two-mile radius than they do anywhere in this city."

In fact, it's the third reported act of voyeurism reported on the campus. In the most recent case, Joshua Hott, 26, was arrested in May and charged with video voyeurism.

"It doesn't really make me wary because if I saw someone doing that, I'd probably go up to them and give them a few words," said UNF student Owen Visser.

Police responded to the library immediately after the most recent incident. They are asking students to call immediately after any campus crime in order for an immediate investigation.

"Peeping in a stall is bad ... especially someone of the same gender is awkward and taking a picture is worse," said Visser.

The victim describes the suspect as a male between 25-28 years of age with about a week's worth of facial hair. The suspect was wearing a red rain jacket, grey pants and brown rain boots.


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