Two Montclair State University students who had claimed to be the targets of threatening racist graffiti written on a doom room door last week were arrested and charged with making false reports to law enforcement.
The University issued the following press release this evening:
On February 7, 2012, the Montclair State University Police Department received a complaint that racist graffiti containing threats of violence was placed upon the door of two African American female students residing on campus. The report was investigated by University Police as a bias incident and, with the cooperation and assistance of the University community, the University’s law enforcement officials determined there was sufficient probable cause to arrest these two female students who were the source of the complaint as responsible for the graffiti.
Accordingly, Olivia McCrae, 19 years old of Newark, and Tanasia Linton, also 19 years old of Newark, were arrested today, Tuesday, February 14, 2012, by University Police and charged with Disorderly Conduct, False Reports to Law Enforcement, and Criminal Mischief. The charges will be prosecuted in the Superior Court of New Jersey by the Passaic County Prosecutor.