Mug shot of Jay P. Robinson

Jay Paul Robinson

A man suspected of installing video cameras in the Columbia Public Library — and later fleeing to Iceland in August — was arrested, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Jay Paul Robinson, 43, was arrested in Chicago and sent to Cook County Jail, according to Detective Tom O’Sullivan. He then was transferred to Boone County Jail on Sunday morning around 5:45. O’Sullivan did not know the circumstances of the arrest.

Robinson was arrested on charges of rape, sodomy, first-degree invasion of privacy and first-degree attempted sodomy. No bond has been set.

How Robinson came into contact with law enforcement is currently unknown, O’Sullivan said. He was arrested for placing video cameras in the first-floor unisex restroom of Columbia Public Library. Police said the video did not show revealing footage of children but did show people using the restrooms, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Robinson was charged with fleeing to avoid prosecution in January after investigators believed he booked a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland, on Aug. 5, two days after he was arrested and charged with invasion of privacy at Columbia Public Library. A search warrant for his home, laptop and cellphone also led to charges of rape, sodomy and attempted sodomy.

Information about whether Robinson had hired a lawyer was not yet available.

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