Richard Anderson. Photo: UCPD
Richard Anderson. Photo: UCPD

The University of California Police Department has arrested a 71-year-old man authorities say was using a cellphone to record another man in a bathroom stall on the UC Berkeley campus over the weekend.

Authorities said Richard C. Anderson used a drill to make a hole in a bathroom stall wall Sunday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building on campus.

According to a statement released Tuesday, Sept. 8, UCPD officers responded to a report at 4:50 p.m. Sunday of someone who was videotaping a man using a restroom on the lower level of the student union.

The 49-year-old man told police he had gone into the bathroom stall, then “noticed someone reaching underneath the stall holding a smart phone.”

He “yelled and left the restroom,” according to the police statement, then told an employee in the building about the incident. 

The employee called UCPD officers, who responded to the restroom.

When they got there, they said they found Anderson in possession of both a smart phone and a drill.

Police arrested him on suspicion of invasion of privacy and vandalism.

Police are working to identify other victims of this crime, and ask anyone who used the restroom Sunday to email UCPD Detective Sgt. Andrew Tucker at, or call him at 510-664-9687.

Anderson is not listed as being in custody, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

UCPD provided the following resources for those who have been the victim of a crime:

  • The Confidential Care Advocate: 510-642-1988
  • Center for Student Conduct: 510-643-9069
  • Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: 510-643-7985
  • CARE Services for Faculty and Staff: 510-643-7754
  • Tang Social Services: 510-642-6074
  • Gender Equity Resource Center: 510-643-5727
  • The Survivor Support Website:

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...