Man arrested, student temporarily detained following trespassing incident



Two people are detained by USM Police officers near the Cook Library Friday, March 31, 2023.

University of Southern Mississippi police officers arrested a man and temporarily detained a student outside Joseph Cook Library Friday morning.

According to a video captured by a witness, both people were tackled to the ground by University Police and taken away from the scene.

University Police arrested Steven Green, who is from North Carolina. According to USM Police Chief Rusty Keyes, the police previously barred Green from entering campus after he was found living in his car at the USM Softball Complex Wednesday night.

Police recognized him and approached Green this morning. He was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and two counts of felony simple assault on a police officer. He is now in the Forrest County Jail awaiting a Saturday morning court appearance. 

Steven Green

Police only temporarily detained the student. She appeared to become involved as police arrested Green. In the video, the student identified herself as ‘Patricia,’ and police used that name as she was placed in handcuffs. Based on witness statements, her physical appearance and the athletic credentials on her bookbag, she appears to be USM soccer player Patricia Gasparovicova. As of now, no charges have been filed against the sophomore. 

Southern Miss Athletics told SM2 that they are aware of the situation and are monitoring it alongside UPD.

University Police report that this incident poses no threat to the campus community and is isolated.

“Our officers are committed to maintaining a safe campus for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and their professionalism was evident again this morning,” University Police Chief Rusty Keyes said in the press release.

This is a developing story.