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11/02/93

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Student held for psychiatric observation after vandalism spree

STANFORD -- An unidentified Stanford student was being held for 72-hour psychiatric observation after telling police he was the person responsible for vandalizing about $5,000 worth of computer equipment Thursday evening, Oct. 28.

"We're going to follow up on this case, but at this point we don't anticipate seeking prosecution," Stanford Police Capt. Raoul Niemeyer said Monday, Nov. 1.

The student immediately felt remorse after the incident at the Tresidder Union computer cluster, and sought counseling at the Cowell Student Health Center. He later turned himself in to police.

Witnesses said the student was acting strangely when he entered the cluster about 7:15 p.m. and threw a printer, a computer and a monitor to the ground. He immediately fled the scene.

During the incident, the cluster's alarm system was activated and part of it was damaged when the equipment was thrown about.

Niemeyer did not say whether the university would seek financial damages from the student.

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