Eric Cruz-Lopez

Eric Cruz-Lopez

A former University of Connecticut student has been arrested after vandalizing several buildings around campus.

Eric Cruz-Lopez, 21, was charged with 103 counts of criminal mischief.

Police caught him after a three-month investigation into incidents of vandalism from December 2016 to March 2017.

Cruz-Lopez was seen entering and leaving areas around the time when the vandalism was reported to occur, police said.

The word ‘PEST’ was written with a paint pen in most of the instances. Sometimes the graffiti said ‘F*** Trump’ or there was a cartoon face with the same words in a bubble.

In total, the damage amounted to more than $4,200. Some of the events happened in the Student Union, the Dodd Center and the Homer Babbage Library.

UConn police identified Cruz-Lopez through surveillance cameras and his UConn swipe card, according to a warrant. Police also installed extra cameras to help them find the vandal, reported the Hartford Courant.

Cruz-Lopez was arrested on May 7 and released without having to post bail – and is no longer enrolled at UConn.

‘I did the graffiti,’ he wrote in his police statement.

‘I am open to entering into a conversation about restitution.’

According to arrest paperwork, Cruz-Lopez is a community organizer for CT Students for a Dream, an organization that advocates on behalf of undocumented immigrants and has described himself as one too.

He has not yet entered a plea to the charges and is not represented by a lawyer. He is due back in Superior Court in Rockville on June 14.

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