UNH police arrest student accused of damaging artwork supporting students affected by racism
DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire Police Department has arrested a student accused of damaging artwork outside a residence hall.
Shaan William DeJong, 19, of Hooksett, faces a criminal mischief charge for the damage outside Stoke Hall. School officials said students developed the artwork in support of community members impacted by recent events on campus.
DeJong was released on personal recognizance bail with a court date of July 13.
Detectives of the UNH Police Department along with Durham police and the Strafford County Attorney's Office continue looking to identify the people involved in:
- Anti-Semitic writings used to damage a wall in Stoke Hall on Friday, May 12
- The throwing of a rock at a student of color riding his bicycle near Congreve Hall on Saturday.
- Racial hate language used to damage an informational display outside a staff member’s door inside Williamson Hall on Sunday.
These three incidents followed a Thursday night forum in which UNH students urged administrators to do more to combat racism following an alleged incident of blackface and students allegedly behaving inappropriately on Cinco de Mayo.
"These are prosecutable crimes which strike at the very fabric of our community, and the University Police Department is committed to holding those responsible accountable for their actions," said Paul Dean, chief of UNH Police. "We will exhaust all investigative leads to identify the person or persons involved in these crimes, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the UNH Police Department at 603-862-1427. Anonymous tips can be sent to www.seacoastcrimestoppers.com, by calling 603-431-1199, or by texting CRIMES (274637) and including TIPSCS in the message.
Rewards of up to $1,000 may be paid for help solving cases if the information leads to the arrest or indictment of a suspect.