By Camilo Brun and Joshua Hoyos
Editor in Chief and News Editor
Chaos ensued as K-9 Units, Bomb Squads, Fire Trucks, and Spill Units rushed back onto the R-N campus today in connection with last night’s evacuation of University Square that led to the arrest of Elan “Eli” Haba. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that explosive and hazardous materials were present that had not been detected in last night’s search of his dorm room.
The FBI decided to research the U-Square dormitories after they had suspected a stark contrast in regards to the possibilities of materials found in the dormitory.
Kemel Dawkins, Executive Chancellor of Administration, explained that despite the first search, certain hazardous material was missed.
“We had a bomb sniffing dog here at the time,” Dawkins explained during a press conference at R-N, “But we had not hit on the materials—it was only after we talked to the FBI that we decided to go back.”
Haba, 19 years old, a North Caldwell resident, was arrested and held for two hours, and released on summons, last night.
There had been a tip from the University of South Dakota—connecting Haba to one of their students who, according to Michael Lattimore, Rutgers-Newark Police chief, the student in SD did not return to classes after winter break.
“His room was being cleaned hence the discovery of the evidence. Both individuals are from N. Caldwell” said Lattimore.
Phil Carter, Manager of Media Relation at South Dakota, noted that the suspicious materials had been connected from S.D.U student that had not returned for the spring semester.
“There had been a former student who did not return to the university after winter break,” Carter stated, “After his parents informed of us of that—university housing went into the room located in Coyote Village and discovered hazardous material. At that point they contact the supervisor—who in turned contacted Vermillion P.D., Sioux Falls P.D., and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation.”
According to The Volante, the student newspaper of The University of South Dakota, there was an evacuation of Coyote Village at 9 pm. central time as the bomb squad and USD police launched an investigation lasting until midnight.
Haba is a sophomore at R-N, and was a part of Newark College of Arts and Sciences. According to Haba’s Facebook profile, he was studying Chemical Engineering, Finance, and Economics.
Haba also had University property in his room—however, his three roommates were not implicated. The usage of the university property and hazardous materials are still under investigation—however, Rutgers University Police has ruled out the making of drugs.
“It is not drug related,” Dawkins reiterated, “It is explosive.”