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WMU Public Safety seeks assistance in panhandling case

by Tonya Durlach

Oct. 12, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Wesley Peake.
Wesley Peake
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University Public Safety has released photos of a man believed to be responsible for several recent cases of aggressive panhandling and trespassing on campus.

According to police reports, several students have complained of an older black male panhandling aggressively on WMU's main Kalamazoo campus. The suspect is believed by police to be Wesley Peake, who has a prior record that includes aggressive panhandling, trespassing and possession of crack cocaine.

Peake also is known to steal property, including vehicles, and has a history of fighting with the police. Peake has been banned from WMU's campus, and has been advised that he will be arrested if found on any WMU-owned property in the future.

WMU Public Safety asks that individuals who are approached by Peake or other panhandlers on campus refrain from giving them money and call (269) 387-5555 immediately to report the incident.