Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 1:00 p.m., St. Catherine University Public Safety officer Victor Juran alerted students of multiple on-campus fires. At this point, fires have been reported and contained in the Couer de Catherine (CDC), Derham Hall, the Chapel, Fontbonne, Mendall Hall, the Butler Center, and St. Mary’s. There have been no injuries. Fires have been set to garbage cans and chairs. Public Safety did not provide any further information over the phone.
Later that evening President Roloff sent out an email to students further explaining what happened. In her email, she said Public Safety worked with police and the fire department to run through video footage to identify the suspect. The suspect was, in fact, a previous student, not yet enrolled for the spring semester. Once located the suspect was arrested and taken off campus at 2:53 p.m. The investigation is still undergoing. We will continue to provide updates.
By: Margaret Sciortino