Former UI employee charged for threatening graffiti

Published 06/04 2013 08:41PM

Updated 06/05 2013 10:49AM

URBANA -- Police say a man has been writing threats on UI walls and employees are shocked to find out it was a former coworker all along. Police say 66-year old Randal Fulk faces felony charges for putting graffiti on campus property.

Most of the vandalism took place in bathroom stalls. Police say Fulk wrote UI employees are overpaid and UI graduate, Shahid Khan, should be killed. The threats started in November and police say at least 13 incidents took place through April. Employees would clean of the graffiti, but it would soon reappear.

On April 25, a UI police officer checked a stall and found a man's feet facing the wall. He thought it was strange and waited for the man to leave. Officials say the officer found graffiti and the suspect was Fulk.

"There are so many other constructive ways of expressing your opinion in this particular society anyway. I'm mostly sorry he felt angry enough to deface public property," graduate assistant Elizabeth Surbeck said.

Fulk used to work at the library. He appeared in court Tuesday charged with four counts of defacement of school property.

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