Accused FIU foot sniffer ordered to stay away from campus
Judge sets bond at $18,500 for man accused of crawling under table at FIU library
MIAMI – A registered sex offender accused of crawling under a table at Florida International University and smelling a student's feet as she studied in the library has been ordered to stay away from campus.
Eddy Juan, 52, faced a Miami-Dade County judge Wednesday morning, a day after his arrest on charges of resisting arrest, aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding law enforcement.
Judge Mindy Glazer set Juan's combined bond at $18,500 and warned him not to go near FIU's main campus.
FIU police warned students this week about a man who was seen "crawling underneath a table in a suspicious manner" at the Green Library. Police spokesman David Navas said in a statement that the man appeared to smell the feet of an unsuspecting female student who was sitting at the table.
Miami-Dade police said a man matching his description was spotted riding a scooter in the area of Southwest 51st Street and Southwest 104th Avenue.
Officers attempted a traffic stop, but Juan attempted to flee and then crashed at Southwest 59th Street and Southwest 79th Court, police said.
Juan said little in court, saying only that he has lived in Miami-Dade County for 45 years and has a mother and two sisters who live in the area.
FIU students who spoke to Local 10 News described what took place on campus as "creepy" and "strange."
The incident comes after a man was grabbing students' buttocks on campus last semester. It's enough to make some students concerned about security at their school.
"It is not as safe as everyone expects it to be because anyone can walk through here and pretend to be a student," student Claudia Ricardo said. "Everyone here seems like a student. But you don't really know who is who."
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