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Friday, June 24,2011

Police arrest portable-potty peeper suspect

By Boulder Weekly Staff

A man who Boulder police believe is the person who hid in a portable toilet at a yoga festival last weekend has been arrested.

Luke Irvin Chrisco, 30, is being held at the Vail Police Department after being arrested by Vail police on a traffic charge. Police say they suspect Chrisco of being the man who hid in a portable toilet at the Hanuman Yoga Festival on June 17 before being detected and fleeing the scene, covered in feces.

The traffic stop in Vail on June 23 stemmed from an incident at a Vail gas station after witnesses reported that Chrisco had been panhandling. Vail and Avon police stopped Chrisco on Interstate 70 during their investigation of the panhandling incident, and an officer realized that he resembled the portable toilet suspect, police said. A Boulder police department detective interviewed Chrisco June 23 and arrested him on charges related to the yoga festival incident.

Chrisco is expected to be charged with unlawful sexual contact and criminal invasion of privacy. Bond for the traffic offense in Vail is $1,000, while bond for the Boulder charges is $1,500. Police said Chrisco’s booking photo is not being released yet, “pending further investigation.”

Boulder detectives say they received more than a dozen tips regarding the case. In a prepared statement, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner thanked the public for providing valuable information to detectives.

“We are grateful to the public for helping us resolve this disgusting case in an expeditious manner,” he said. “They gave us a number of tips which pointed us in the right direction. Our gratitude also extends to the Vail and Avon police departments for their assistance.”

On June 17, a woman entered a portable toilet at the Hanuman Yoga Festival. She noticed movement in the tank when she lifted the lid and immediately exited and asked a nearby man for help. The man entered the portable toilet and saw someone hiding inside the tank under what looked like a tarp. When the man left, police said, the suspect locked himself inside, and then attempted to leave after about 10 minutes. A security supervisor for the festival was waiting, and although she tried to stop him, the suspect ran away.

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so apparently he had built peepholes in local restaurants-- WHICH ONES?