Suspect charged in connection with racially charged vandalism at UNCG library
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police have arrested an 18-year-old UNCG student in connection with the vandalism of the African Studies section at the Jackson Library earlier this month.
On Wednesday, UNCG Police Department detectives charged Grant Patrick Ruder, 18, of Charlotte, with one count of ethnic intimidation.
Police said Ruder was enrolled as a UNCG student in the fall 2013 semester.
Ruder was placed in the Guilford County Jail under a $69,500 bond. His bond was elevated because of pending charges in Mecklenburg County.
Several members of the UNCG community came forward to identify the suspect as the result of media coverage and posts on social media. Police said the person that initially identified Ruder saw the story on FOX8.
“This case was a high priority for the Police Department,” UNCG Police Chief Jamie Herring said. “Part of what makes UNCG special is its diversity. A crime intended to intimidate a segment of our community goes against everything we stand for as a university and a police department.”
Racial slurs were founds written on tables, walls and in books earlier this month. Police say because of what was written and where the vandalism happened, the incident was investigated as a hate crime.
“Its not just simple vandalism. It’s not a prank. We take it very seriously,” Major Paul Lester, with the UNCG Police Department, said earlier this month. “Obviously defacing the books in the library is bad enough but then when you do it under the premise of racial slurs and with a hate bias and motivation, the district attorney’s office will not like that.”
The second suspect has not been interviewed or charged at this time, so no information regarding that person’s identity will be released.
Police are currently pursuing leads.