Purple handed

A Campus Safety assistant reported seeing a car with an odd looking parking permit on Feb. 22. According to John Farmer, chief of Campus Safety, the permit was from the fall semester, which is silver, but had been colored with what appeared to be a purple highlighter to look like this semester’s metallic purple permit.

When a Campus Safety officer contacted the owner, she said that a friend had given it to her and she didn’t know it was forged but when the officer ran it, the permit came up under her name from last fall, Farmer said. Campus Safety charged her $75 for forgery and parking without a valid permit.

Same guy: part 1

A student was arrested by the Costa Mesa Police Department in the Chemistry Building lecture hall, room 207, on Feb. 27. According to Farmer, the student was reported standing outside the class because the instructor felt threatened. Campus Safety officers stood by while the OCC mental health director spoke to the student, telling him not to make contact with the instructor. Without warning, the student ran into the building, up the stairs and into the lecture hall while class was in session, Farmer said.

Campus Safety officers quickly followed as the student ran toward the instructor  but was apprehended and pepper sprayed, Farmer said. The Costa Mesa Fire Department examined him due to the pepper spray and the police took him to the Costa Mesa Jail, Farmer said.

Same guy: part 2

A Campus Safety officer stood out front of the Chemistry Building on Feb. 28 to ensure the previous day’s suspect did not return when a woman from the course assistant’s office came to inform the officer that the student suspect was inside the classroom once again, Farmer said.

Two officers and the vice president of Student Services told the student he was on a 10-day suspension but the student remained in his assigned seat, hugging his desk and refusing to leave, Farmer said.

The student refused to leave until three CMPD officers and the president of the college came in and finally convinced him to come to the Health Center, where his mom was waiting for him, Farmer said.

Same guy: part 3

According to Farmer, a Campus Safety officer stood as lookout in front of the Chemistry building again on Friday. A staff member informed the officer that the student had been in and out through the south entrance, he said. The officer finally located the suspect walking toward the east doors when the suspect gave the officer a middle finger and fled quickly toward the Consumer and Health Sciences building, Farmer said. He was seen later by another officer entering his black car, making hand gestures and driving erratically out onto Merrimac Way toward Harbor Boulevard, Farmer said.

Letting it all out

Campus Safety and the CMPD have been notified by more than one victim that a male was flashing and exposing himself to females in the Merrimac Way Parking Lot on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. Farmer said. He is 5’7”, 130 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, was seen wearing a blue shirt, grey sweatpants, a blue or white bandana and a backpack, Farmer said. If anyone sees him, please call Campus Safety immediately.

Without water

A female student collapsed due to dehydration on set in the Theatre Arts department on Friday at 9:20 p.m. She was evaluated by paramedics but refused to go to the hospital. Her mother arrived and took charge, Farmer said.

Art vandal

An instructor reported that some unknown person had pulled down posters that were on loan from an artist for Black History Month in the Arts Center Gallery on Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m., Farmer said.


— The Crime Blotter was compiled by Devin Michaels from Campus Safety reports.

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