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Vandalism Suspect Expected to Turn Himself In

The Monroe County Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant yesterday afternoon for a member of the support staff at the Hutton Honors College.

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Photo: Bill Shaw

On two occasions a rock was thrown through a window at the Chabad Jewish Center.

Indiana University Police officials say an IU employee wanted in connection with vandalism on the Bloomington campus may plan to voluntarily turn himself in.

The Monroe County Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant yesterday afternoon for 54-year-old Mark Zacharias, a member of the support staff at the Hutton Honors College, on charges of institutional criminal mischief.

According to IUPD Police Chief Keith Cash… an eyewitness identified Zacharias as a person of interest possibly connected with the smashing of a message board near the Jewish Studies Department in Goodbody Hall.

If convicted, this would not be the first time that Zacharias has been associated with racism. He is the author of a number of letters to the editor in the Bloomington Herald-Times including one in which he describes the 2003 firebombing of a local mosque as quote an “inside job” which was done for the purpose of sensationalism.

Chief Cash said his department is seeking charges in Indiana but he doesn’t rule out the possibility that the FBI may seek federal charges.

“There is always that possibility, but it’s too early to comment on whether that will happen or not,” said Cash.

Cash will not comment on the possibility that Zacharias may have acted with an accomplice or accomplices. Cash will also not confirm that Zacharias is a suspect in any of the other recent acts of vandalism against Bloomington’s Jewish community.

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