After carving a swastika and other slurs into the hood of a Campus Safety vehicle and slashing its tires, a suspended Orange Coast College student was arrested for felony vandalism and a hate crime early Monday.
According to John Farmer, OCC’s chief of Campus Safety, the incident occurred around midnight outside the Campus Safety office. Farmer said that one of his staff members saw the suspect and identified him as Robert McDougal, a 21-year-old student who had been suspended for repeatedly disrupting a chemistry class in late February.
Farmer said McDougal also violated a restraining order against him acquired by the Coast Community College District.
Roxi Fyad, the public affairs manager for the Costa Mesa Police Department, said the incident was reported around 1:30 a.m. and officers responded soon after. In addition to two Campus Safety vehicles having their tires slashed, one of the vehicles had a swastika scratched into it and the n-word carved into the hood, Fyad said.
Farmer said that the slur read “F*** the n****.”
According to Fyad, Costa Mesa police drove to McDougal’s residence, contacted him and took him into custody on suspicion of vandalism and a hate crime.
Prior to the vandalism, McDougal was suspended and the Coast Community College District had a restraining order against him that was in effect for Golden West, Coastline and OCC.
McDougal was first arrested after he disrupted a class in the Chemistry building and was later subdued by Campus Safety with pepper spray Feb. 27. He was subsequently served a 10-day suspension but returned to campus two more times on Feb. 28 and March 3.
McDougal was released from the Orange County jail early Tuesday morning after posting a $20,000 bail.
Sarah Hernandez contributed to this report.