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Suspect of two assaults on MU campus arrested

Timothy Anderson was arrested late Thursday night in connection with 'bear hug' and another incident.
Friday, October 26, 2012 | 10:12 a.m. CDT; updated 2:41 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — A suspect in two reports of assault, one described as a "bear hug," has been arrested and identified as Timothy W. Anderson.

Anderson,19, was arrested on two counts of third-degree assault at about 11:50 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the MU Police Department. Bond was set at $10,000.

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According to the probable cause statement, Anderson is not to be on the premises of any school, college or university. He is to be considered a threat to public safety, according to the document. 

MU Police received the two reports Wednesday and Thursday.

According to department news releases:

The first incident occurred on the sidewalk along Ninth Street near Speakers Circle at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim told police an unknown man came up behind her, wrapped his arms around her and put her in a "bear hug." She was released when the man said, "Oh, I thought you were someone else" and ran away.

The second incident was reported at 4:56 p.m. Thursday when a woman told police she had been approached in the Hitt Street garage.

She said a man followed her, got close and said, "Don't I know you?" but did not touch her. She said, "No, I don't know you," and he walked away.

Both women described a similar suspect with dark hair, dark eyes, a slight build and braces on his teeth.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.


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