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Man arrested for entering GW residence hall

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WASHINGTON (WJLA, AP) - Authorities say a 34-year-old man has been arrested after entering a locked residence hall at George Washington University over the weekend.

Early Friday at 12:56 a.m., police say Mergen Battulga attempted to enter West End Residence Hall, according to a George Washington University news release.

The man was unable to enter after trying to open a locked door. Two minutes later, a group of students entered the front door and the man "piggy-backed" in behind the students, catching the door before it closed.

The man went to the fifth floor an entered a female student's room.

She challenged him and he yelled at her. This prompted her to call the university police.

Witneses stated that the man then left and went to other rooms banging and kicking on doors, asking for a female student named "Sharsha."

Police say he later was involved in a fight with male students living next door before fleeing and being caught by university and District of Columbia police on the second floor of the building.

The man was positively identified by witnesses.

Battulga was charged with burglary.

University officials are asking students to watch out for people who may loiter around locked residence halls and attempt to sneak in behind those who have authorized access to the buildings.

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