By Marissa Alfano
An OWU student was arrested for burglary, indecent exposure, voyeurism and disorderly conduct on Saturday, Dec. 1, according to Delaware Police Department incident reports.
At 1 a.m. freshman Waleed Osman was written up by Public Safety after a freshman female student reported that she noticed a male inside the girls Thomson Hall bathroom watching her take a shower. The victim was able to identify the suspect.
At 2:10 a.m. Osman was again cited by Public Safety after a junior female student reported a burglary at 70 S. Liberty St., the address for Bashford Hall. She told officers she was sleeping in her bed and awoke to a strange man in her bedroom. He was arrested and charged with burglary, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.
These two cases have been combined into one, according to DPD Captain Robert Penrod. He said after charges are filed, the person in custody has a right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days. He said it is not unusual for a case such as this to go to a grand jury. Osman was being held for $150,000 cash bond or surety.
Penrod said OWU Public Safety did a good job of gathering information and working with DPD.
“It was a great job by OWU PS in their response,” Penrod said. “A very astute officer took the first report, and then the officer who wrote the second thought it was kind of suspicious and they might be connected. He contacted us and the investigation went on from there.
“The student identified him, we took him into custody and questioning and he was charged with four charges. He was transported to Delaware County Jail to wait for his bond hearing. It gives credit to our working relationship with them (PS). That is a big part of why it came to fruition.”
Penrod said it was important for OWU students to remember common safety tips when on campus.
“Keep doors locked in your dorm rooms and be careful who is following you home,” Penrod said. “Walk in groups and report all strange incidences even though they might seem justifiable at the time. You can always call 9-1-1 or go to PS as well for help.”
Efforts to reach Dean of Students Kimberlie Goldsberry before publication failed.