- At 5:12 p.m. on Oct. 16, a Bradley student was walking near a protest on the corner of West Main Street when they stopped to thank the protesters. A non-Bradley-affiliated individual approached the student and two protesters and began to verbally harass them. The individual reportedly said, “[You] are scumbags and [you] need to go back to [your] own countries.” The student and two protesters told the individual to leave several times. When the individual persisted, a bystander intervened. Witnesses claim the individual threatened they had a firearm and that they threw a tray of food at the student and protesters. The individual was searched and found not to be in possession of a firearm and was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and attempted battery. They were transported to Peoria County Jail. This incident was deemed a hate crime on Nov. 13.
- Around 8:09 a.m. on Oct. 18, a non-Bradley-affiliated individual entered the Markin Family Recreation Center. The individual spoke with an employee at the front desk and requested access to the recreation facilities. They were informed that they could not have access without a guest pass sponsored by a Bradley student or employee. The individual left the building and returned with a student, whom they said would agree to sponsor a guest pass. The student claimed they just met the individual and was not willing to sponsor them. The individual was denied a guest pass and left the facility without further incident.
- Around 2:50 p.m. on Oct. 20, a Bradley employee alerted BUPD to a text message they received from an unknown number that they felt was alarming. The text message read, “I just wanted to say you’re a terrible employee for Bradley and I’m just waiting for the day to come where you get fired so I can take your job. It’s time to hang it up fool … And before you start guessing who this is I’ll go ahead and let you know. This is Bruce Banner.” An investigation is ongoing.
- At 2:19 a.m. on Oct. 22, a Bradley student returning from SliceHub Pizzeria called police when a suspicious non-Bradley-affiliated individual began following them to Wyckoff Hall. The individual followed the student and gained access to the building’s lobby. Before police arrived, the student witnessed the individual exit the building. Upon arriving, officers looked for the individual and found them standing outside of the lobby’s south exit door. The individual told police that they followed the student home because they thought they recognized them. They stated they were at Kenny’s Westside Pub earlier that evening and “consumed a lot of alcoholic beverages.” The individual told police they had a prior DUI conviction and took a bus from Kenny’s to SliceHub. The individual refused a preliminary breath test (PBT). They were issued a notice to appear for criminal trespass to property for entering the residence hall’s lobby without permission and were released.
This article was edited for clarity on Nov. 16