Suspect named in LA Tech gunfire vandalism

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Louisiana Tech University Police have identified a suspect and have obtained warrants for felony possession of a firearm on a university campus and criminal damage to property in conjunction with the Dec. 31 vandalism of the Integrated Engineering and Science Building.

Jacob D. Roberts, a 30-year-old Louisiana Tech student, is currently in jail in Rogers, Arkansas, on unrelated charges. Local police are currently working on extradition proceedings.

Roberts is charged with damaging the building’s windows with a firearm.

“We appreciated the support we received throughout this investigation – particularly from the Louisiana State Police; Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; Union Parish Sheriff’s Office; Benton County Sheriff’s Office; and Arkansas State Police,” said University Police Chief Randal Hermes. “We also thank local business owner Scott Powell of Powell Auto Sales in Ruston and the faculty in the College of Engineering and Science, as well as numerous campus community members who provided vital information during the process. This investigation shows how valuable community involvement and working together is to ensuring safety on our campus.”Louisiana Tech University Police has identified student Jacob D. Roberts, 30, as a suspect in the New Year’s Eve damage by gunfire of a campus building.

Tech Police has obtained warrants charging Roberts with felony possession of a firearm on a school campus and criminal damage to property.

Roberts is in jail in Rogers, Arkansas on unrelated charges. He will be extradited back to Lincoln Parish to face the charges.

On New Year’s Eve, a Tech Police began an investigation into the early morning vandalism to the Integrated Engineering and Science Building (IESB). Several windows of the building were destroyed by gunfire.

The IESB is among the newest construction on the Tech campus.

Early in the investigation police asked for assistance from anyone who may have knowledge of the crime. Information on how Roberts was identified as a suspect was not immediately available.

“We appreciated the support we received throughout this investigation, particularly from the Louisiana State Police; Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; Union Parish Sheriff’s Office; Benton County Sheriff’s Office; and Arkansas State Police,” said University Police Chief Randal Hermes.

“We also thank local business owner Scott Powell of Powell Auto Sales in Ruston and the faculty in the College of Engineering and Science, as well as numerous campus community members who provided vital information during the process. This investigation shows how valuable community involvement and working together is to ensuring safety on our campus.”


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