MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Authorities are trying to determine if a man in custody is the wanted Florida International University foot sniffer.READ MORE: Officials Worry Large Crowds Will Leave Mess Behind After Memorial Day Weekend
Miami-Dade Police took 52-year-old Eddy Juan into custody after he crashed a scooter near SW 97th Court and 59th Street.
He is being charged with failure to register as a sexual offender, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, aggravated assault, resisting without violence.
According to police, Juan matched the description of a man wanted by FIU police. The man would allegedly go into the Green Library on campus and smell women’s feet. There’s a picture of the man allegedly in action at the library.
Student Salma Yemmas said she changed her routine after hearing of the man’s actions on campus. Still, it bothers her that a man like Juan could be on the campus.
“I feel kind of unsafe just to have a registered sex offender just out on campus,” Yemmas said.READ MORE: Death Of Child Pulled From Homestead Pond Under Investigation
Others on campus said the whole incident creeped them out.
“I hate feet, couldn’t imagine someone doing that to me. You would run,” said student Arianna Fernandez.
It may seem funny at first but student Gerald Trueblood said, “I think that’s pretty insane.”
Psychiatrists said foot fetishes are common and there’s nothing wrong with them with willing participants.
“I would be less concerned [that] they are aroused by feet and more concerned they couldn’t exercise restraint and do it in a public place,” said Dr. Daniel Bober.
FIU Police released a statement on the matter on Monday evening which read:
“Based on recent media coverage of a suspicious incident at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, the Crime Stoppers program received multiple tips leading to the identity of the person involved. This matter was investigated jointly by members of the Miami-Dade Police Department along with the FIU Police Department. On Tuesday afternoon, a member of the public saw the person and called Miami-Dade Police Department. Police officers saturated the area and located the individual riding a scooter. The individual attempted to flee and was apprehended and arrested.MORE NEWS: Florida Law Enforcement Officials Reassure Parents On Potential School Shooter Threat
FIUPD appreciates the involvement of the concerned citizens of Miami-Dade County, who provided the information that led to this arrest.”