Update: Man operating drone near dorm will not be charged

Update: Man operating drone near dorm will not be charged

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Despite police saying they found evidence he was operating a drone near an Arkansas State University women's dormitory, a 24-year-old student will not be charged with video voyeurism.

Shortly after midnight Feb. 11 campus police were called to University Hall, 113 Dean St., regarding a drone flying around.

As other officers checked the area, Officer Micheal Yocum went to the third-level parking deck where he reportedly saw a yellow Chevy Camaro pulling out.

Yocum stopped the driver after seeing him use his cell phone, the incident report stated.

When the officer approached the car he reportedly saw a “white drone and remote control in the passenger seat.”

He also noticed a camera attached to the drone and asked the suspect if he fed video from the drone to his phone. According to the report, the suspect said he did.

But, the man denied having recorded anything that evening.

Yocum seized the drone, remote control and cell phone as evidence and taken to the University Police Department were they were held for processing.

Several days later the items were turned over to the Jonesboro Police Department to be examined.

On a UPD report updated on Monday, Feb. 23, it was noted that evidence recovered from the items “show that the suspect was operating the drone near University Hall…on the night in question.”

However, the report when on to state that the “evidence recovered does not substantiate the placing of criminal charges.”

The case is now closed and considered “unfounded.”

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