The Stick-Wielding Lunatic in Rutgers CAC Lot # 16

By an Anonymous Secretary at the GSE Who Fears Reprisal From Him

One morning at about 8:15 AM, in May of 2003, I pulled into parking lot 16, which is right behind the Graduate School of Education (GSE) in Seminary Place on the College Avenue Campus. It is a big, gated lot that is enclosed by other buildings including Murray Hall and Milledoler Hall. I parked my car in a spot right behind the GSE, where I work, and I got out, when I noticed this guy coming out of the GSE building. He was about 30 years old, a white guy with short, brown hair. He was wearing a white sweatshirt and white jeans. He had his head bent as he walked and he was muttering, quite loudly to himself in an angry tone. He looked up at me as he walked and he said, "What, do you think that"s funny? You think that"s funny?", and then he ran over to the section of the parking lot where trees were overhanging. He picked up a big stick or fallen branch and started to come towards me, still asking if I thought that was funny. He then stopped about six feet away and threw the stick at me. It hit my foot and my car, and I was really scared, but after throwing the stick, he ran away towards Milledoler Hall and I ran into the GSE.

I wasn"t sure what to do and my friends at work thought it was funny, although some people said that I should call the police. Later on that day, my co-worker told me that the police were over at Milledoler Hall and that he heard that they arrested a crazy guy. At the end of my work day I noticed that the big stick was still by my car in the lot, so I showed this to my friends before I left. I think I was lucky that he didn"t do anything more violent. I"m sure there's probably a police record of the arrest, if that was him.

Parking Lot #16 behind the GSE

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