By: Kourtney Husnick
As students prepared to return to Cleveland State University for the spring semester, the Cleveland State Police Department launched an investigation for breaking and entering and vandalism on campus.
On the last weekday of winter break, Friday, Jan. 11, a Cleveland man broke a classroom window, relieved himself in a hallway and caused damaged in four university buildings, according to Fox 8.
Cleveland State police have identified the man as 33-year-old Justin Daniel Thrush. He is being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail following his arrest on the vandalism charges.
The police department’s online 60-day crime log notes a breaking and entering incident and vandalism incident in the Physical Education Building on that day, beginning at 1:00 a.m. through 4:47 a.m.
The crime log is “part of Cleveland State University’s commitment to a safe and informed campus community,” according to the police department webpage.
However, when The Cauldron attempted to get more information about the incident, our request to ask someone at the Cleveland State police department some questions was denied.
All the buildings in which the vandalism occurred were not listed in the Fox 8 article, and reasonings behind why students were not made aware of the situation remain unanswered. Regardless of this lack of information, Cleveland State Director of Communications and Media Relations William Dube said the university does not have any more to report other than what was in the Fox 8 article.
The video surveillance included in the Fox 8 reporting shows that the broken classroom window occured in the Physical Education Building and that a Science Building fire extinguisher was broken out of its case. However, video also shows Thrush walking through the College of Business, so he presumably had access to the entire Inner Link system.
This information is only provided through the labels of the security cameras at the top of the recorded video.
The location of his other activities during the four-hour vandalism are unknown to the public.