May 4, 2011 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU Police on Wednesday identified a 23-year-old student wanted in connection with the burning of an American flag at the school’s War Memorial.
Isaac Eslava, of Baton Rouge, faces charges of simple criminal damage to property, arson, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Eslava’s identification follows the discovery early Monday of a burned flag at the base of the memorial. An LSU staff member alerted police to the crime.
During their initial response, police recovered a stolen vehicle, which they said was used by the suspect.
Additional evidence led detectives to Eslava, whom they said was in possession of the knife that was likely used to cut down the flag. Detectives also learned that on the same morning, the Venue Apartments complex located north of campus was vandalized, and they were able to connect the suspect to the crime.
An arrest warrant for Eslava was issued on Wednesday, but police believe he has left the area. Eslava holds dual citizenship for the United States and Columbia and is believed to have fled to Atlanta. Anyone with information that will lead to his arrest is urged to contact LSU Police at 225-578-3231.
Repairs to the LSU War Memorial are estimated at $7,50 and repair costs at the Venue Apartments are estimated at $400.