On Wednesday, the college identified the student responsible for racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in Mitchell Towers. The suspect, as reported by MLive, is a 21-year-old Black male, though no further information about the individual’s identity has been released at this time. The student was interviewed by a public safety detective and Ken Snyder, director of Albion College director of campus safety and associate dean of students. During this interview, the student admitted to creating most of the graffiti. Video evidence confirmed this.
Prior to identifying the suspect, an email was sent out to students, faculty and staff on April 2 with regard to the incidents on campus. In this email, the college issued a statement saying that “The College is offering a reward of $1000 for information that leads to the identification of those responsible. The College will seek criminal charges against those involved, and if they are students, they will be immediately suspended.”
Since identifying the student responsible for the crimes on campus, the college has fulfilled its initial promises to remove the student from campus. Further actions will be taken pending the conclusion of the investigation.
“We have no additional information about the investigation at this time,” said Albion College President Mathew Johnson, via email. “The student has been temporarily suspended and removed from campus pending the full investigation.”
The Albion Department of Public Safety is working alongside Campus Safety in order to confirm that no other individuals were involved in the incidents. At this time, the college believes the student was acting alone in the graffiti found in Mitchell Towers.
“We continue to collaborate with local law enforcement and the FBI on the investigation,” said Johnson. “The information obtained at this point of the investigation indicates that the individual responsible was acting alone, and law enforcement does not believe there is any ongoing threat to the community at this time.”
The college will keep the community informed on the status of the student and his actions as the investigation continues.
“We will continue to update the community as soon as we are able to share additional information,” said Johnson.