Police arrest 71-year-old suspect for allegedly videotaping in campus restroom

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Campus police have arrested one suspect and are searching for more victims in an invasive videotaping that allegedly took place in a Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building men’s restroom Monday evening.

According to a UCPD crime alert released Tuesday afternoon, the victim — a 49-year-old male unaffiliated with the campus — told police that he had entered a stall in the first-floor restroom when he noticed someone reaching underneath the stall, holding a smartphone. The victim then yelled, left the restroom and reported the incident to an MLK building employee, who informed UCPD.

UCPD officers responding to the incident found and arrested Richard Anderson, who police said was in possession of a smartphone and a drill — a tool the alert said was used to make a hole in the stall’s wall. Anderson, a 71-year-old white male, was arrested on suspicion of invasion of privacy via recording device and felony vandalism, and was excluded from UC property for seven days, according to a UC crime bulletin.

Anderson was taken to Berkeley City Jail but has since made bail and is no longer in custody, according to online records from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. His occupation is a photographer, according to those records.

Anderson was previously contacted by police in September 2014 for allegedly loitering in restrooms in Doe Library, according to UCPD spokesperson Lt. Marc DeCoulode. 

DeCoulode said UCPD is not searching for additional suspects.

UCPD is asking anyone who used the restroom that day or who has any information regarding the crime to contact UCPD detective Sgt. Andrew Tucker at 510-664-9687.

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Alex Barreira is an assistant news editor. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @abarreira_dc.