UNH police make arrest related to racist incidents

  • Shaan W. DeJong UNH Police

Monitor staff
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

University of New Hampshire police have arrested a 19-year old student from Hooksett in connection with a string of racially charged incidents that have roiled the state school.

Campus police announced Wednesday that they arrested Shaan William DeJong Tuesday for allegedly damaging outdoor artwork outside the dormitory Stoke Hall.

“The artwork was developed by students in support of community members impacted by recent events on campus,” UNH police Chief Paul Dean said in a statement released to the school community.

DeJong was released on personal recognizance bail and given a July 13 court date, according to police.

UNH police announced Tuesday the investigation of three racially motivated incidents on campus that took place over the weekend. In one, swastikas were found scrawled in a stairwell at Stoke Hall, in another, someone threw a rock at a student of color, and in the last, the N-word was written on a message board on a staff member’s door in Williamson Hall, another dormitory.

UNH police said Wednesday they were still looking for information regarding the weekend’s incidents. Rewards of up to $1,000 are still available to those who provide information leading to an arrest or indictment.

This doesn’t appear to be DeJong’s first encounter with law enforcement. According to media reports, he was one of 15 people arrested by Durham police on suspicion of criminal mischief back in February following a rowdy Super Bowl celebration in which three cars were totaled.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)