Indiana U. attack suspect turns himself in


(JTA) — A university employee identified as a suspect in one attack in a series on Jewish targets at Indiana University turned himself in to police.

Mark Zacharias, the scholarship coordinator of IU’s Hutton Honors College Scholarship, wanted on a charge of felony institutional criminal mischief, turned himself in on Dec. 17, according to reports. He was released after posting bond.

A university employee since 2003, Zacharias was suspended without pay on Dec. 9, The Associated Press reported. 

Zacharias is accused of using a rock to break the staff directory glass display case for the Robert A. and Sandra B. Borns Jewish Studies Program on Nov. 30.

He has not been officially connected to the other recent incidents on the campus. They include rocks thrown through the windows of two campus Jewish student centers and a rock thrown through the window of an apartment above the Chabad Jewish student center just off the university campus. In the latter incident, the rock nearly hit a student and put a hole in the opposite wall

Also, eight religious volumes in Hebrew removed from shelves at a university library were urinated on in eight bathrooms in the library area, according to reports.


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