MSU student accused of dorm break-in now faces drugging charges

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A Minnesota State University, Mankato community advisor, who was charged earlier this week after police say he broke into a dorm room and pepper sprayed a woman, is also being accused of trying to drug another woman.

Alexander Gowan-Nuehring, 20, a student at the university, was arrested Saturday after charges say he broke into a woman's dorm room earlier that morning and sprayed her with pepper spray while he wore a "Scream"-style mask.

He was charged with three felony counts of first-degree burglary and felony stalking after police say he broke into several other dorm rooms over the weekend to steal money, WCCO says.

In a new criminal complaint, Gowan-Nuehring is accused of attempting to drug a different woman with something he knew could harm her, the Mankato Free Press reports. He told police he broke into the woman's room on Friday and poured eight crushed penicillin pills into her water bottle – he learned the day before she was allergic to penicillin, the newspaper says.

He told police he texted the woman to confirm she'd left the dorm for the weekend, but said he was acting on "his reckless impulses" and didn't intend to harm the victim, the Mankato Free Press says.

When the woman returned after the weekend she noticed the bottle's water was cloudy, KTOE reports.

She was a fellow community advisory, KEYC reports.

Gowan-Nuehring was charged Tuesday with burglary, adulterating a substance capable of causing harm, and use of drugs to attempt to injure or commit a crime, according to KTOE.

Police tied Gowan-Nuehring to the crimes by tracking his use of access keys over the weekend, the city of Mankato said on its website.

According to the university, community advisors, also known as CAs, are “student employees trained to assist residents in both their transition and ongoing success to residence hall and apartment living and college life.”

Gowan-Nuehring, who KTOE says is no longer a CA at the school, is facing bail of $10,000 with conditions, which includes taking prescribed medications, and a $150,000 bail without conditions for both criminal complaints, the Mankato Free Press reports.

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