UMN student arrested for incident involving swastika at 17th Avenue Residence Hall

The 18-year-old student was arrested by UMPD Thursday morning.

The new 17th Avenue residence hall recently signed leases with one fraternity, Theta Chi, and one sorority, Chi Omega, and will have dedicated front entrances facing University Avenue.

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The new 17th Avenue residence hall recently signed leases with one fraternity, Theta Chi, and one sorority, Chi Omega, and will have dedicated front entrances facing University Avenue.

Mike Hendrickson

A University of Minnesota student was arrested Thursday for an incident involving a swastika at the 17th Avenue Residence Hall.

The 18-year-old student was arrested by the University of Minnesota Police Department for allegedly committing felony criminal damage to property with bias.

The incident, reported on Feb. 7., involved a swastika and vandalism of a desk in a public area, according to UMPD. No other details about the incident were immediately available.

The student first enrolled at the University last fall, said University spokesman Steve Henneberry.

The Minnesota Daily is not naming the student because he hasn’t been charged with a crime yet.

He was booked into Hennepin County Jail this morning. As of Thursday evening, he remained in custody.

The vandalism is the latest in a string of incidents at the University involving swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols and actions.

On Feb. 8, a University student reported that they found a swastika in their Pioneer Hall dorm room.

Since December, there have been seven reports — mirroring a national trend — of swastikas, neo-Nazi propaganda and other anti-Semitic graffiti at the University, according to the University’s Bias Response and Referral Network.