Serial peeping tom arrested weeks before college resumes

Students heading to UCLA this fall for college can feel good to know a habitual “peeping tom” has been arrested.

University police arrested a 47 year old man who is suspected to have participated in a string of “peeping tom” incidents at UCLA and surrounding apartments in Westwood.

Officers arrested Christopher Mendicino Friday morning, after he asked an acquaintance to store his belongings and buy him an Amtrak ticket to Santa Barbara under a false name, the Daily Bruin reported.

Police officials told the newspaper that Mendicino might match the description of about eight peeping suspects in Westwood since March, including five on Kelton Avenue.

Three of the eight incidents took place since he was last arrested in May on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after peeking into an inhabited building. When he failed to show up for his arraignment, police released a wanted poster in July. Campus police also arrested Mendicino in 2007 for probable cause burglary after officers saw him peering into an apartment on Ophir Drive.

UCLA officers staked out a Santa Monica home near the corner of Rochester and Saltair avenues where they arrested Mendicino just after 6 a.m. Friday.

Mendicino is held at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles in lieu of $30,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 4 at the Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Courthouse.

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