A man was arrested in connection with 103 counts of vandalism, many of them directed against President Donald Trump on the UConn campus.
Eric Cruz-Lopez, 21, of Storrs and Bridgeport, was charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief after a three-month investigation in cases of vandalism in the Homer Babbage Library, and other places around campus from December 2016 to March 2017.
Police described several cases in which Cruz-Lopez was seen entering and leaving a region on security cameras around the time that the vandalism has taken place. The word PLAGUE was written with a paint pen in most cases. Sometimes the graffiti said “F*** Trump” or there was a cartoon face with the same words in a bubble, according to police.
The police said that the total amount of the repair of the damage amounted to more than $4,200. A number of the incidents happened in the Student Union, the Dodd Center and other places around campus.
In February, the police said Cruz, who told them that he wrote the graffiti, and he was not prepared to draw it on paper. Cruz-Lopez also said that the instances with “F*** Trump” were politically motivated and the PLAGUE was a signature of sorts. Cruz-Lopez also told the police that he was “open to entering a discussion about the recovery.”
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