Man ac­cused of scrawl­ing hate­ful graf­fiti at Stan­ford

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica. rocha @ latimes. com Twit­ter: @Veroni­caRochaLA

Po­lice ar­rested a 19- yearold man ac­cused of spray­paint­ing hate- fu­eled graf­fiti, in­clud­ing swastikas, at Stan­ford Univer­sity stu­dent hous­ing units.

Lu­cas Joseph Ni­now was ar­rested last week in Moun­tain View on a war­rant for one felony van­dal­ism count, one mis­de­meanor van­dal­ism count and one mis­de­meanor hate crime count, ac­cord­ing to Stan­ford po­lice and the Santa Clara County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Ni­now isn’t a Stan­ford stu­dent and he de­clined to talk to po­lice, author­i­ties said.

In a state­ment, po­lice said they “are un­able to spec­u­late on a mo­tive for the act.”

Spray- painted swastikas and an­ar­chy sym­bols were found April 26 at the Robert S. Moore, or BOB, house for stu­dents tran­si­tion­ing out of dorm life, the Sigma Al­pha Ep­silon fra­ter­nity house and Casa Ital­iana, an Ital­ian- lan­guage and cul­ture- fo­cused aca­demic house, ac­cord­ing to the univer­sity.

Univer­sity Pres­i­dent John Hen­nessy pre­vi­ously con­demned the van­dal­ism as in­ci­vil­ity that “has no place at Stan­ford.”

“I ask ev­ery­one in the univer­sity com­mu­nity to stand to­gether against in­tol- er­ance and hate, and to aff irm our com­mit­ment to a cam­pus com­mu­nity where dis­course is civil, where we value dif­fer­ences, and where ev­ery in­di­vid­ual is re-

spected,” he said.

Al Seib Los An­ge­les Times

SPRAY- PAINTED swastikas and an­ar­chy sym­bols were found April 26 at sev­eral res­i­dences for Stan­ford stu­dents. Above, the univer­sity’s cam­pus in Palo Alto.

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