News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 19, 2013

Police make arrest following overnight incident at Indiana State

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University police say a man arrested today for public intoxication is suspected of harassing female students overnight on the ISU campus.

The arrest of John Reynard Murphy, 48, of Vincennes resulted from an investigation into a complaint by two students that a motorist harassed them while they were walking near Fifth and Chestnut streets shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, university police Chief William Mercier said.

The women told police that a man wearing an orange shirt and driving a small white pickup truck with red stripes pulled up to them and yelled for them to come over to his truck. The students refused and continued walking.

University Police found a truck matching the description parked behind the Copper Bar on Wabash Avenue. Employees at the bar told police the operator of the truck matched the description of the man they were looking for, and that he had been ordered out of the bar because he was intoxicated. Police canvassed the area and arrested Murphy at Ninth and Cherry streets.

In addition to the charge of public intoxication, police learned of a warrant for Murphy’s arrest from Sullivan County for failure to appear.

Mercier said there is no indication Murphy was involved in any of several other incidents of suspicious activity that have recently been reported to university police. Mercier said those cases continue to be actively investigated.