Miami students charged with vandalism after damaging Hillel’s property


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A screenshot from the video from Hillel’s security cameras were shared with Oxford Police.

On Oct. 15, three Miami University students upended and damaged a sukkah at Miami’s Hillel. Video footage of the incident was shared with the community and led to the students revealing themselves.

The three students were identified as Kevin Ladriere, Eli Lauger and Santiago Arenas. According to an Oxford Police Department press release, the three students are charged with vandalism, which is a felony because the total cost of damage exceeded $1,000.

Hillel is an international Jewish organization, and the sukkah is a shelter used for the Jewish holiday Sukkot.

Oxford police investigated the incident and were not able to determine that the students toppled the sukkah with religious bias.

“While the suspects in this case did not understand that they were damaging a religious symbol, the effects were felt by the Jewish community,” the press release said.