Man To Turn Himself In After Anti-Semitic Vandalism
Police: Man Bashed In Glass Of Information Board
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An Indiana University employee is accused in at least one incident in a rash of anti-Semitic vandalism on and around campus.An arrest warrant was issued for Mark Zacharias, 54, of Ellettsville, on a charge of felony institutional criminal mischief, a Class D felony. Zacharias is expected to turn himself in on Wednesday, Indiana University police said.Zacharias is the scholarship coordinator of IU's Hutton Honors College Scholarship, a university representative confirmed.Police said Zacharias used a rock to break the glass of an information board in the lobby of Goodbody Hall, which houses the school's Jewish studies program, on Nov. 30."Mark Zacharias is the person that was described to us," said IU Police Chief Keith Cash. "He's believed by us to have been actually in the building when that occurred.""That's really shocking, because you're talking about somebody that's embedded inside the university," said Yehoshua Chincholker, of Chabad House.Less than an hour earlier, a rock had been thrown through an upstairs window of the Chabad House at 518 E. 7th St., a Jewish student center, police said, while the home and the Hillel House, another Jewish student center near campus, were both hit with rocks four days earlier.The Wells Library also reported vandalism to a number of Hebrew-related books that had been removed from shelves and taken to restrooms on several different floors.Police have not connected Zacharias to the additional acts of vandalism.The incidents happened days before Hanukkah, leading Jewish leaders to believe someone was intentionally targeting them because of their faith.6News tried to contact Zacharias at his home in Ellettsville, but there was no answer at the door.Zacharias wrote editorials in local papers in recent years. Five years ago, one letter caused controversy on campus when he suggested that a fire at an Islamic center was an "inside job.""Only a person that's really disturbed can think this way, and not only think but act upon those thoughts," Chincholker said.Earlier this year, another editorial in the Bloomington paper discussed relations between Israel and Palestinians.Zacharias' picture and biography had already been removed from IU's website Tuesday night.