SOUTH BEND — Pacharo Crispen Masiku, 26, was formally charged Tuesday with burglary, a Class C felony, in connection with a break-in Sunday at Indiana University South Bend’s campus bookstore.
He also was charged with criminal mischief, a Class C felony, and intimidation, a Class D felony.
Masiku is accused of breaking into Northside Hall early Sunday, smashing a display case window, then breaking a window to get inside the campus bookstore within that building. Once inside, the intruder allegedly smashed several cash registers, tossed merchandise on the floor and dressed himself in IUSB sportswear, according to campus police.
Police were alerted by a burglar alarm and arrested Masiku in the bookstore about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Masiku is not an IUSB student or employee, and has no connection to the university, IUSB spokesman Ken Baierl said. Damage at the bookstore exceeded $5,000, he said.
Court documents filed by the county prosecutor’s office allege that, during the arrest, Masiku threatened to kill IUSB police officer Troy Hudgen Sr., Hudgen’s family and other officers for detaining him.