GVSU student confesses to vandalizing MIP Library

Carly Simpson

The Grand Valley Police Department has received a confession from a Grand Valley State University student for the vandalism at the Mary Idema Pew Library.

During an interview with police on Tuesday morning, the individual claimed responsibility for the five incidents.

“The individual said he was remorseful for his actions,” said Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the Department of Public Safety. “Once the information was brought forward, he understood the implications of his actions.”

Police released video footage of the individual on Monday. It was played throughout the day in the Kirkhof Center and the library.

“Police began receiving tips from the student body following the release of the video,” DeHaan said. “Community members stepped forward in helping to identify this individual. We applaud those that contacted police to aid and assist this investigation.”

The case is now being referred to the Dean of Students Office for a violation of student code and will be reported to the Ottawa County Prosecutors Office. The university will be seeking criminal charges for malicious destruction of property and is still assessing the cost of the damages.

“Based on the police department’s investigations, the prosecutor’s office will determine the charges, if any,” DeHaan said.

The student’s name will not be released pending criminal charges. If there is an arraignment the name will become available to the public.

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