Previously Banned Intruder Sneaks Into Residence Hall

Leen Yassine | The PhoenixA non-Loyola person entered Bellarmine Residence Hall Oct. 6, walked past a receptionist and knocked on residents’ doors.

Someone who isn’t affiliated with Loyola entered Bellarmine Residence Hall Oct. 6, according to a Residence Life email sent Oct. 7 to the hall’s residents.

The intruder, who had been previously banned from campus, entered the building (6628 N. Sheridan Road) after a Bellarmine resident held open the door “trying to be polite,” according to the Residence Life email.

The intruder walked past the desk receptionist, used the elevator to access the fourth floor and loudly knocked on multiple residents’ doors, according to the email.

Residence Life staff “immediately” notified Campus Safety, Loyola’s private police force, and officers arrested the offender when they arrived on scene, the email reads.

The incident occurred between 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., according to Loyola’s police log. The incident was reported at 7:21 p.m., the police log shows.

No one was harmed during the incident, according to the email.

Loyola officials didn’t respond to follow-up questions regarding the incident prior to publication.

Daniela Haack was heading out of her fourth floor Bellarmine dorm room Oct. 6 to do laundry when she noticed the intruder in the hallway. She said she assumed the man was a parent at first, but she noticed his eyes were red and his clothes were torn.

Haack said it looked like the man was holding an object in his pocket. He took two steps toward her and she rushed back into her room, she said.

“I locked myself in my dorm room immediately and through the peephole I could see him,” Haack, 19, said. “He stood there for a minute and then just kept going down the halls knocking on other peoples’ doors.”

Haack said she waited in her dorm for an hour before leaving again.

“It was scary, but thankfully I think I acted perfectly in the sense that I didn’t make a big deal but at the same time I protected myself,” Haack said. “But I was terrified. … He was fairly close to me, I would say he was four feet away from me at most.”

Haack said she’s the only resident she knows of who was in close proximity to the intruder.

Haack, who’s a sophomore majoring in business and human resources, said this is her first semester on campus — her first year was entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haack said she’s considered moving out of Bellarmine since the incident because she feels terrified and worried at night, but she has also been busy studying for midterms so she hasn’t acted upon it.

Ian McIntosh, a sophomore who lives in Bellarmine and is majoring in global studies and English, said he’s held the door open for people coming into the building behind him prior to the Oct. 6 incident.

He said it was “normally okay” because residents have to scan their student IDs to get into the building, at the front desk and to access the stairwell.

“I don’t [hold the door open] any- more even though it makes me feel like a bad person,” McIntosh, 19, said.

Sam Berneau, a 20-year-old sophomore living in Bellarmine and majoring in computer science, said he thinks better training and more strictly enforced rules can help make sure desk receptionists are paying attention.

It’s unknown if the desk receptionist will face disciplinary action.

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