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Man accused of sniffing student's feet at Florida university arrested

Eddy Juan arrested on several charges near FIU

Eddy Juan is accused of sniffing the feet of a student under a table at a library at Florida International University.
Eddy Juan is accused of sniffing the feet of a student under a table at a library at Florida International University.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man accused of hiding under a table and smelling a student's feet at Florida International University's main campus was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

News 6 partner WPLG-TV reports that the man, identified as Eddy Juan, 52, was arrested at Southwest 97th Court and 59th Street following an attempted traffic stop.

This week, FIU police warned students about a man who was seen "crawling underneath a table in a suspicious manner," at the main campus's Green Library.

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FIU police spokesman David Navas said in a statement that the man appeared to smell the feet of an unsuspecting female student sitting at the table.

Investigators said that a person matching the description of a man involved in the incident at FIU's main campus was spotted riding a scooter in the area of 51st Street and Southwest 104th Avenue.

Officers attempted to stop the man, but the scooter driver attempted to flee and then crashed at 59th Street and Southwest 79th Court, police said.

"Based on recent media coverage of a suspicious incident at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, the Crime Stoppers program received multiple tips leading to the identity of the person involved," FIU police Chief Alex Casas said in a statement. "This matter was investigated jointly by members of the Miami-Dade Police Department along with the FIU Police Department. On Tuesday afternoon, a member of the public saw the person and called  Miami-Dade Police Department. Police officers saturated the area and located the individual riding a scooter. The individual attempted to flee and was apprehended and arrested."

Miami-Dade police said Juan was taken into custody without further incident and is being charged with violation of sexual offender registration, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, aggravated assault and resisting without violence.

FIU spokeswoman Dianne Fernandez said nobody was hurt in the incident and there have been no other reports.


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