FIU foot-sniffing suspect arrested

Posted at 5:12 AM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 05:12:14-04


MIAMI (AP) -- Police say they've arrested a man days after a complaint that someone was spotted crawling under library tables and smelling a woman's feet at Florida International University.

Miami-Dade police say 52-year-old Eddy Juan was arrested Tuesday and charged with violation of sexual offender registration, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, aggravated assault and resisting without violence.

FIU police had previously released a notice warning students that a man was spotted under a table at a campus library Aug. 29, along with a description and photo.

Authorities said a man matching that description was spotted Tuesday on a scooter several miles from the campus. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but say the man fled, eventually crashed and was arrested.

Bail information wasn't immediately available. It wasn't clear if Juan had an attorney.


A South Florida college campus is on high alert, as a serial foot-sniffer is on the prowl.

The Florida International University Police Department said a man has been crawling underneath tables at the FIU Library to take a whiff at feet.

The creepy crawler was caught in the act in photos. FIU Police said the man was seen acting suspiciously at the Green Library at FIU on Aug. 29.

"That is extremely bizarre. I don't understand why someone would want to do that," said FIU student, Helen Wagner.

Students were peeved to hear that a man has been underneath tables, smelling the feet of unsuspecting women. No one was injured in the one incident, but some ladies said they're going to make sure to look down when they're studying in the library.

The sneaky smeller is described as being in his late 40s or early 50s, about 200 pounds and around 6 feet tall. He is bald with short, gray hair and a goatee. He was last seen driving a scooter.

Investigators hope the newly-released photos will help them stay one step ahead of this guy.

Some students didn't take this seriously, but this is no laughing matter for FIU. On Monday, they released this statement, saying in part:

"FIUPD takes these reports seriously and continues to investigate the matter. The staff at the Green Library has been notified and has been asked to contact FIUPD if they see this individual. FIUPD would like to remind everyone that if you see any suspicious behavior, please contact the FIUPD at 305-348-2626 immediately."

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