Nude man chased across campus, into Old Man Thames
By Marshall Bellamy
WE’RE GOIN’ STREAKING!
BRING YOUR GREEN HAT! THROUGH THE QUAD AND INTO THE GYMNASIUM!
An unknown man pulled a Will Ferrell-esque streaking
journey through the Health Sciences Building, the Thames
River and elsewhere on campus yesterday while police
and firefighters tailed him.
With warmer weather on the way, many are experiencing a little
spring fever, such as dogs, cats and crazy naked men who romp
about campus with little more than a T-shirt on.
At about 3:25 p.m. yesterday afternoon Campus Community Police
Service received a call regarding a woman who confronted a
man in a stairwell in the Health Sciences Building wearing
nothing but a T-shirt, said CCPS spokesperson Elgin Austen.
The man, he said, was a white male in his early 20s with short,
light brown hair and a large colourful tattoo on his lower
Austen said when CCPS responded, the man attempted to block
a door against police officers before escaping while carrying
his clothing in his arms and running across the Chemistry Building
parking lot. “He had a lighter load and ran very quickly.”
“He jumped into Medway Creek and headed north but got
swept down,” he added.
“Our main concern changed from indecent exposure to
his safety when he was swept away,” Austen said, adding
that in just a few seconds the naked suspect was washed over
100 yards downstream. “I think what happened was he made
it across the creek.”
When the suspect was swept down the river, the marine unit
of the London Fire Department and the London Police Department
“We have a boat,” said fire platoon chief Wayne
Norton. “We’re doing a shore search.”
Norton explained that the marine unit was searching the Thames
River from the Richmond St. vehicle bridge to Gibbons Park,
for the buck-naked bandit’s safety, just in case he washed
up on shore.
“The guy did jump into the water; we’re confirming
he just got out,” said Sgt. Tyler Cowan of the LPD, reaffirming
the concern for the suspect’s safety.
Cowan also noted that he was uncertain whether the nude suspect
swam in the creek or whether he just took a quick dip in Medway
Creek and then got out of the freezing water right away.
“We’ve confirmed he got into a field; we were
able to see bare footprints,” Austen added, explaining
the suspect probably came ashore behind Westminster College,
put on his clothes — which he was still carrying — and
left the scene without his shoes.
He noted that the canine unit from the LPD was called. “The
canine unit might still be out there; sometimes they stay out
longer,” he explained, adding after several hours of
searching, the LPD, the CCPS and the fire department called
off the search.