After two peeping incidents were reported in the same residence hall at UC Berkeley over the past two weeks, one student who lives there has been arrested.
At around 7:15 p.m. Monday, an 18-year-old female resident was showering in a fifth floor coed restroom in Unit 2’s Davidson Hall when she noticed someone in the neighboring stall pointing an iPhone from above the partition separating the two, according to UCPD Capt. Margo Bennett.
According to Bennett, the victim screamed, causing the suspect to flee. Police arrested freshman Wenchuan “Winston” Li, who the victim said entered the bathroom shortly after she did and was seen by other students fleeing the scene.
Li lived in Davidson at the time of the incident, according to Bennett. Officers did not find photos or video from the incident on Li’s phone but it was confiscated by police along with a camera and laptop.
According to Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, Li was booked at the Berkeley Jail Facility on one misdemeanor charge and was released several hours later on $5,000 bail.
A separate incident took place Apr. 7 in a third floor restroom in Ehrman Hall at Unit 2. The victim, an 18-year-old female, said she was taking a shower at approximately 11 p.m. when she noticed someone standing outside her shower door holding a blue digital camera, according to Bennett.
The suspect fled when she screamed, and has not been identified, Bennett said.
At least five other peeping incidents occurred between Feb. 16 and March 22. Several residents reported people peeping from gaps under the shower stalls or holding cell phones over the top of the stall door.
There were six peeping incidents reported to UCPD in 2011, according to Bennett. The six incidents last year all took place between January and April.