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Man suspected of photographing Gonzaga University student in the shower arrested

UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

Video surveillance footage shows that a man suspected of gaining access to a Gonzaga University residence hall on March 20 and taking a picture of a student taking a shower also entered the same dorm three days prior and stole a skateboard.

The Coughlin Residence Hall at 811 N. Cincinnati is a secured building that requires a key card to access. In both cases video surveillance shows that Tyrel N. Darrough, 31, entered by following students who swiped their cards to open the door, according to court documents.

The student told police that she was showering in the women’s restroom around 9 a.m. on March 30 when she looked up and saw a phone being held up over the top of the shower stall taking her picture.

That same morning two female students reported seeing Darrough in a women’s bathroom. Both said that Darrough claimed he had accidentally entered the wrong restroom, but one of the women said that Darrough stayed in the bathroom trying to make conversation with her, according to court documents.

Another woman was in a bathroom stall in the restroom and heard a man talking. When she came out of the stall she realized her towel had been stolen, court documents state. Several other women in the residence hall reported encounters with Darrough trying to make conversation with them.

Video surveillance shows that Darrough entered Coughlin Hall on March 17 but could not get into the residential area. The video shows Darrough stealing a longboard from the entryway and leaving, according to court documents.

Darrough was also recently banned from all YMCAs for life after he broke into restricted areas, including a teen center area, on March 18. A female Department of Corrections employee who works out at the facility told investigators that Darrough frequently hung out there and would often try to talk to her but she never saw him working out. She said she thought he had a “stalker type mentality,” according to court documents.

Darrough was arrested on March 29 after returning to the YMCA. Investigators requested charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree burglary with a sexual motivation, theft and voyeurism. Darrough appeared in court but was released when charges were not filed within 72 hours as required. The charges were filed Wednesday and Darrough was re-arrested Thursday afternoon.

Police found the stolen longboard and the stolen towel when they searched his residence, according to court documents.

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