Man asking to rub women's feet puts college on alert - KCTV5

Man asking to rub women's feet puts college on alert

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He doesn't appear to be breaking any laws, but he is certainly making college students uncomfortable.

Metro Community College Penn Valley sent out text and email alerts saying that a man posing as a massage therapist was trying to offer his services to two women in the library.

A similar incident happened at Wichita State University last Saturday and other incidents span as far as Oregon.

It’s bizarre warning for college students that came after two women were approached by a man at the library on Thursday afternoon.

"They said they were approached by a white male pretending to be a therapist student and requesting to massage their feet,” said Chief Londell Jamerson with the Metro Community College Police.

Text and email alerts were sent out shortly after.

"One stated what he had and what he was doing,” said student Takayla Williams. “The other what he looked like."

Officials describe him as a white man wearing an orange shirt and jeans and carrying a large backpack. Chief Jamerson said they don't believe he's affiliated with the school.

Police wonder if it's Thomas Jonas. Jonas showed up at Wichita State University's library on Saturday making similar advances. Police at Portland State University in Oregon think he's behind another incident that happened there.

While no apparent laws are being broken, students say it’s creepy.

"That's crazy,” said Williams. “I feel like he's interrupting people's space, and that can be uncomfortable."

"If he has no uniform and I have no knowledge of what school he went to, I would look at him like ‘hmm,’" said student Nellinda Newton.

In the meantime, students are relieved it was reported to police and passed along to them quickly. "Yes,” said Newton, “we should be informed about what's going on at all times."

"This is definitely out of the ordinary, and they said something and we're proud of them for that,” said Chief Jamerson.

While the two incidents happened here on campus, officials want everyone in the area to be on alert.

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