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LPS says repeat offender is in jail; police investigating relationship with student

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police said he had violated two Lincoln schools in one month.

On Jan. 23, the man entered Irving Middle School twice before crashing his car into a fence.

He told school officials he was there to see his cousin, according to a statement released Tuesday by Lincoln Public Schools.

Officers searched the man’s vehicle and found no weapons, officials said. At the time, no connection was known between the man and the school’s students or staff.

He was cited on suspicion of breaking and entering, driving under the influence, driving carelessly, not wearing a seat belt, and not having insurance.

On January 26, the LPS threat assessment team was notified that an adult was communicating with three Irving students via Snapchat.

One of the students said the adult, who turned out to be the offender, made threats, officials say.

Lincoln Police began investigating the threat and questioned the man at his parents’ home on Jan. 27.

He, again, told officers he had been to Irving to see his cousin, according to the statement.

Police ordered him to stay away from the school, stop communicating with students and “end any relationship” with a female student.

Officials say the man had no weapons in his home.

Lincoln Police Captain Todd Kocian told Channel 8 the threat was not deemed credible.

Officials are investigating the nature of the relationship between the man and the student.

The student said she had conversations with the man but had since stopped speaking to him, according to the statement.

She told agents their friendship began through a family member, officials say.

On Thursday, the man tried to break into Culler Middle School with a student. Staff “recognised” that the man did not belong to the school and turned him away from the building’s entrance, LPS said.

The man ran away from staffers, who chased him up to O Street, officials said.

After interviews with staff and students, police determined that the student she was with was the girl he was having an affair with. She had moved to Culler.

Officers arrested the man on charges of stalking and trespassing at Culler Middle School.

He has been in the Lancaster County Jail since Tuesday.

Officials say anyone with troubling information should contact Lincoln Police or LPS Security.

Tags: Culler Middle School, Irving Middle School, Lincoln, Lincoln Police, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Public Schools, LPD, LPS, LPS Threat Assessment Team, Police, School, Threat, Todd Kocian, Trespassing

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