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Boone County prosecutors charge man with trespassing, property damage at MU

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Nicholas Walters.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Boone County prosecutors charged a man on Tuesday with trespassing at the University of Missouri and allegedly breaking into a campus building.

Nicholas Walters, 34, of Columbia, faces a felony charge of property damage and misdemeanors charges of trespassing and fourth-degree assault.

University of Missouri police officers said Walters was arrested around 7 a.m. on Monday.

Court documents say he broke into Memorial Union on Sunday night tried to enter two semi-trucks near University Hospital early Monday morning.

Walters' probable cause statement said he can be seen on security camera footage checking doors inside the university building and exiting through a damaged door. The documents say Walters admitted to police that he broke a window to get inside Memorial Union because he thought it was a church.

Court documents say the damage to the window was priced at $750.

The court documents also said a truck driver told police Walters stood in front of his vehicle while he tried to make a delivery at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute around 2:30 a.m. on Monday. Police say Walters yelled at the driver and then punched and dented the door of the semi when he couldn't enter.

Documents say the damage to the truck cost about $750.

Walters' probable cause statement said he tried earlier that morning to enter a semi at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Monk Drive and allegedly broke a tampering seal on the truck when he tried to get inside.

Officers say Walters was warned in February not to trespass on university property and that if he was seen at MU again he would be arrested.

As of Wednesday, online jail records said Walters had been held in Boone County Jail cusotdy on a $2,000 bond.

Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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