Police in Miami have sniffed out the trail of a man who, they say, has been surreptitiously crawling underneath tables inside the main library on the campus of Florida International University to smell women’s feet.
The alleged foot-smelling bandit is Eddy Juan, reports NBC Miami.
Juan, 52, was apprehended on Tuesday afternoon.
The arrest was quite a scene. Cops spotted Juan riding a scooter a couple miles south of the FIU campus. When police tried to pull him over, he took off on the scooter and eventually crashed.
“Police officers saturated the area and located the individual riding a scooter,” an FIU police department statement narrated. “The individual attempted to flee and was apprehended and arrested. FIUPD appreciates the involvement of the concerned citizens of Miami-Dade County, who provided the information that led to this arrest.”
Cops on the Florida International had previously released an alert seeking help in identifying the olfactory outlaw.
Students had snapped photos of Juan in the act of foot-sniffing — down on the carpet and looking worse for the wear.
Juan is a registered sex offender with a rap sheet dating back over two decades. He has previous arrests for indecent exposure and lewd and lascivious behavior on a child.
Juan faces several fresh charges now including violation of sexual offender registration, and reckless driving.
Florida isn’t America’s exclusive home of campus fetish weirdness.
In 2014, the director of public safety at Concordia University Chicago was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors because, police say, he masturbated into a shoe belonging to a female employee of the school. (Lutheran College Safety Director Arrested, Fired For Masturbating In Female Employee’s Shoe)
Also in 2014, several students living near Boston College reported that some guy had walked into their homes and either tickled their feet or watched them sleep, but didn’t steal anything. (A Tickling Bandit Is On The Loose At Boston College)
Still, the Sunshine State is pretty weird. For example, the winter and spring of 2014 saw a rash of incidents on the University of Florida campus involving a guy who liked to go around and surprise women by urinating on them. The infamous Gainesville pee bandit struck at least seven victims at various campus locales. (RELATED: The University Of Florida Pee Bandit Strikes Again)